Japan Space Yacht: Ikaros Kite is the Future

Some exciting news for space exploration fanatics now, as it has been reported that Japan is launching its first Venus probe and it will be accompanied by Ikaros – a high tech kite-shaped space yacht.

As reported from Gizmodo, scientists are getting pretty excited about the impending launch, as the Ikaros technology is thought to be key when developing future products with sunlight as the only source of fuel.

Ikaros, or the Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun as it is also known, will launch into space in a cylinder form. Once in space, it will then extend it’s sail and consist of 14 metres (46 feet) on each side and 20 metres diagonally.

The launch is scheduled later this week at Tanegashima Island in Japan. We’ll update you when we know more details. Are you excited about the Ikaros space craft or not?


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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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