Hayabusa 2

Hayabusa 2

Hayabusa 2
Hayabusa probe
Computer model of Hayabusa 2 rendezvous with (162173) 1999 JU3
Mission type Asteroid sample return
Operator JAXA
COSPAR ID 2014-076A
SATCAT № 40319
Website .jpHayabusa 2 on jaxa
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass Total: 590 kg (1,300 lb)
MASCOT: 10 kg (22 lb)
MINERVA: 0.5 kg (1.1 lb)
Dimensions 2 × 1.6 × 1.25 m (6.6 × 5.2 × 4.1 ft)
Start of mission
Launch date 3 December 2014, 04:22 (2014-12-03T04:22Z) UTC[1]
Rocket H-IIA 202
Launch site LA-Y, Tanegashima
End of mission
Landing date December 2020 (planned)
Flyby of Earth
Closest approach December 2015
(162173) 1999 JU3 orbiter
Orbital insertion June 2018 (planned)
Departed orbit December 2019 (planned)
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Hayabusa 2 is an asteroid sample return mission operated by the Japanese space agency, JAXA. It follows on from Hayabusa and addresses weak points learned from that mission.[2]


  • Mission overview 1
  • Funding and international cooperation 2
  • Instruments 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Mission overview

Initially, launch was planned for 30 November 2014 (13:23 local time),[3][4][5] but was delayed to 3 December 2014 04:22 UTC (4 December 2014 13:22:04 local time).[6]

The target is asteroid (162173) 1999 JU3. Hayabusa 2 is expected to arrive at the target in July 2018, survey the asteroid for a year and a half, depart in December 2019, and return to Earth in December 2020.[5]

The spacecraft features ion engines, upgraded guidance and navigation technology, antennas and attitude control systems.[7] Operations at the asteroid will be similar to those of the previous Hayabusa, but with an explosive device to dig the asteroid surface for fresh sample material.[5]

Funding and international cooperation

Hayabusa 2 was agreed by the Space Activities Commission, a board governing funding for the Japanese space program, during 2006 and was announced in a new year interview with JAXA president Keji Tachikawa.[8]

In July 2009, at the 27th ISTS (International Symposium on Space Technology and Science) conference in Japan, presentations were given that elaborated upon the most recent Hayabusa 2 mission concept. Makoto Yoshikawa of JAXA presented a paper entitled "Hayabusa Follow-on Asteroid Sample Return Missions." Dr. Yoshikawa stated that JAXA has a new proposal for Hayabusa 2, namely that the mission have two spacecraft with one specifically being an impactor.

In August 2010, JAXA got the go-ahead from the Japanese government to begin development of Hayabusa 2. The estimated cost of the project is 16.4 billion yen.[9][10]

NEC Corp. of Tokyo announced in January 2012 that it was beginning system design of the 590 kg (1,300-pound) spacecraft, its Ka-band communications system and an intermediate infrared camera. NEC was the builder of the Hayabusa probe.[11]


The German Aerospace Center built a small lander called MASCOT (Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout) for the mission in a cooperation with the French space agency CNES.[12] The MASCOT carries an infrared spectrometer, a magnetometer, a radiometer and a camera, and is capable of lifting off of the asteroid to reposition itself for further measurements.[13]

The Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI) is a small drop-off explosively formed penetrator, consisting of a 2.5 kilogram (5.5 lb) copper projectile and a 4.5 kilogram (10 lb) shaped charge.[13] It will be dropped off Hayabusa 2; the low gravity leaves the spacecraft enough time to maneuver to the opposite side of the asteroid. A second instrument will then be deployed, the deployable camera (DCAM3). This camera will observe the explosion of the Small Carry-on Impactor instrument. The explosion will form a copper penetrator hitting the asteroid with a velocity of 2 km/s. The crater created by the impact will be the site of further observations by the onboard instruments.[14] The shape charge will consist of 4.5 kg of plasticized HMX and a 2.5 kg copper liner.[15]


  1. ^ Launch of "Hayabusa2" by H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 26
  2. ^ Wendy Zukerman (18 August 2010). "Hayabusa 2 will seek the origins of life in space". New Scientist. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  3. ^ JAXA Report on Hayabusa-2, May 21st, 2014
  4. ^ Vilas, Faith (25 February 2008). "SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTICS OF HAYABUSA 2 NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID TARGETS 162173 1999 JU3 AND 2001 QC34". The Astronomical Journal 135 (4): 1101.  
  5. ^ a b c Makoto Yoshikawa (6 January 2011). 小惑星探査ミッション「はやぶさ2」 [Asteroid Exploration Mission "Hayabusa 2"]. 11th Symposium on Space Science (in Japanese). Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Clark, Stephen (2014-12-03). "Hayabusa 2 launches on audacious asteroid adventure". spaceflightnow. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 
  7. ^ Japan's next asteroid probe approved for development
  8. ^ Keiji Tachikawa. The President's New Year Interview, 2007
  9. ^ Zukerman, Wendy (18 August 2010). "Hayabusa 2 will seek the origins of life in space". New Scientist. Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Asteroid probe, rocket get nod from Japanese panel". Spaceflight Now. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "Japan's next asteroid probe approved for development". Spaceflight Now. 29 January 2012. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  12. ^ DLR Asteroid Lander MASCOT
  13. ^ a b Graham, William (December 2, 2014). "Japanese H-IIA kicks off Hayabusa 2’s asteroid mission". NASASpaceFlight.com. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  14. ^ Small Carry-on Impactor (SCI): Its scientific purpose, operation, and observation plan in Hayabysa-2 mission
  15. ^ Saiki, Takanao; Sawada, Hirotaka; Okamoto, Chisato; Yano, Hajime; Takagi, Yasuhiko; Akahoshi, Yasuhiro; Yoshikawa, Makoto (2013). "Small carry-on impactor of Hayabusa2 mission". Acta Astronautica 84: 227.  

External links

  • Hayabusa 2 Home Page
  • JAXA Hayabusa 2 website
  • Agency’s Report from ISAS/JAXA
  • Japan Eyes Expansive Space Exploration Agenda SPACE.com
  • Development of New Sampling Devices for Solar System Small Body Sample Return Program in the Hayabusa Era