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November 10, 2003 updated

BALLOONS: Research on Balloons to Float Over 50km Altitude

Introducing the history of balloon development from research of the thermal adhesion machine started in 1991 until now. Dream of researchers is to reach as high as possible under the slogan “60km altitude” .

October 01, 2003 updated

HAYABUSUA: Research in the Asteroid 'Sample & Return' Explorer, "Hayabusa"

"HAYABUSA" is now smoothly operating its ion engine toward the earth swingby in May 2004. The core objective of the "HAYABUSA" mission is to demonstrate the new exploration technology of sample return. In this article, highlighting engineering aspects of the mission, we introduce the outline of "HAYABUSA."