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Hayabusa2 mission schedule: provisional version (as of Oct. 15, 2018).

The current schedule for Hayabusa2 is shown below. The dates here are all provisional (unless marked "finished") as operation timings are very susceptible to change due to a wide range of factors, including our knowledge about Ryugu expanding as we approach the asteroid.

We will update the table below whenever changes are made.

Year Month, date Event Status
2018January 10Third stage of ion engine operation begins.
(Hayabusa2 will use its ion engine to make adjustments to its course)
Complete
June 3Ion engine operation ends.Complete
June 3Start of asteroid approach. (distance: 3,100 km) Complete
June 27 Arrival at asteroid Ryugu (altitude 20 km).Complete
July 17 - 25BOX-C operation (July 20, Altitude 6km).Complete
July 31 - August 2Medium altitude observations of Ryugu #1 (Aug. 1, altitude 5 km).Complete
August 5 - 10Operation to measure gravity of Ryugu (altitude 851 m).Complete
August 18 - September 7 BOX-B operation (tour observation at altitude 20km) Complete
September 10 - 12 Rehearsal 1 for Touchdown 1 (TD1-R1) (Sep. 12, altitude ~600m) Complete
September 19 - 21 MINERVA-II-1 deployment operation (Sep. 21, altitude ~55m) Complete
September 30 - October 4 MASCOT deployment operation (Oct. 3, altitude ~51m) Complete
October 14-16 Rehearsal 1A for Touchdown 1 (TD1-R1-A) Planning
October 24-25 Rehearsal 3 for Touchdown 1 (TD1-R3) Planning
November - DecemberOperation during solar conjunction
(Communications are disabled during this period, as the Sun is between the Earth and Hayabusa2.)
Planning
2019January Medium altitude observations of Ryugu #2 (altitude 5 km).Planning
FebruaryPeriod for touchdown operation #2 Planning
March - AprilCrater generation operation
(Hayabusa2 will drop the explosive small carry-on impactor (SCI) to generate a crater in order to gather subsurface material)
Planning
April - MayPeriod for touchdown operation #3Planning
July Period for rover deployment #2
(Remaining MINERVA-II rovers will be released onto the asteroid surface)
Planning
August - NovemberHayabusa2 remains near the asteroid Planning
November - DecemberDeparture from asteroidPlanning

Hayabusa2 project
Oct. 15, 2018

Event Calendar

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