Shin'en 2

Shin'en 2


Shin’en 2, also known as Abyss 2, is a polyhedron-shaped space probe on a mission to test a deep space communication technology. Shin’en 2’s digital transponder will allow for amateur radio operators to interact with the probe. The lightweight space probe was built using carbon fiber reinforced plastic by students at the Kagoshima University and Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. The probe was launched as a secondary payload aboard the rocket that carried Hayabusa 2 to space. Shin’en 2 will operate in a heliocentric orbit, between Venus and Mars.

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(top image: the launch of the Shin'en2 space probe in Japan)