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Japan’s Mega Solar Kite Conquered Space, But Now Needs To Fly [Space]

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The 20meter (diagonally) solar sail Ikaros we mentioned last month has been successfully unfurled in space by its Japanese team. Now it’s a waiting game to see if it can be used for solar-powered travel as planned. More

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Japan Will Soon Fly A Kite…In Space [Space]

by on May.18, 2010, under 17, 2, 2010, 3, 5, 7, 7d, A4, Ac, Ad, Add, Ads, aerospace, age, Ai, and, ANT, Ants, AR, Ati, bd, Bp, cat, cc, clear, color, de, Display, Ds, E, Ea, Et, exploration, Fb, ff, first, Ge, Gizmo, gizmodo, Hd, Home Automation, Id, Ikaros space kite, Im, images, In, Ion, Ir, Isp, japan, Kite, La, Labels, Launch, mid, Mod, Net, Of, om, One, order, Os, Padd, PI, plan, Plane, Play, Pr, Pro, Probe, Q, quant, raf, Rc, RSS, Rv, sail, serve, Space, Space Exploration, Space kite, Style, Sun, Tag, tar, tech, Techno, Technology, ted, TI, TV, Us, V, X1, XP, yacht

Japan is launching its first Venus probe and along with it they’re sending Ikaros, a “space yacht” also known as the Interplanetary Kite-craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun. Yes, Japan is sending a gigantic kite into space: More

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Underwater Turbines Attached To Kites Could Save A Few Climate Problems [Energy]

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While underwater kites might sound like another one of those crazy concepts we like so much here at Gizmodo, the company behind the design has already attracted €2 million in investors, with testing beginning next year for the next-gen turbines. More

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Camera Kite Sails High For Rude Aerial Photos [Cameras]

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Taking photos from a digital camera attached to a balloon, floating 20m in the air could get you into a lot of trouble. You could get it wrapped around a power line, for example. Or injure a low-flying bird. More

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