2012 Volume 10 Issue ists28 Pages To_3_7-To_3_12
Akatsuki is the Japanese first Venus exploration program. The spacecraft was successfully launched in May 21st 2010 from Tanegashima Space Center via H II-A vehicle. One of her missions is a flight demonstration of her telecommunication system developed for supporting Japanese future deep space missions. During her half-year cruising phase heading for Venus, we had conducted checkouts of the system. The key technologies are a deep space transponder, a set of onboard antennas, and power amplifiers. They all were newly introduced into Akatsuki. Their performances had been tested through the half-year operations and been investigated by using collective data obtained in the experiments. Our regenerative ranging was also demonstrated in these activities. We proved that the newly introduced telecommunication system worked exactly as we had designed and that the system performances were the same as evaluated on the ground. In this paper, we will summarize these in-flight validations for the Akatsuki telecommunication system.