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November 6-9, 2018

Singapore Singapore

Working Groups

Space Environment Utilization Working Group

Participants Only


Mr. Cheng Hai Tan, Professional Member, Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA)
Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki, Associate Senior Engineer, Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Utilization Center, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, JAXA

Messages from Co-Chairs


<Day 1> November 6, 2018

Introduction and Country Reports
14:00 Opening Remarks Co-Chairs
14:10 Review of SEUWG Recommendations from APRSAF-24 Mr. Kazuo Umezawa, JAXA
SEU Country Report
14:20 Kibo Utilization Overview Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki, JAXA
14:35 Space-Related Activity in Indonesia Ms. Rasdewita Kesumaningrum, LAPAN
14:50 Country Report from Malaysia Mr. Helmy Hashim, ANGKASA
15:05 National Space Exploration Phase III : Implementation of Microgravity Research in Thailand Dr. Ammarin Pimnoo, GISTDA
15:20 Country Report from Singapore Ms. Jermaine Tan, SSTA
15:35 Coffee Break
16:05 Country Report from New Zealand (Skype) Dr. Haritina Mogosann, KiwiSpace
16:20 Country Report from Vietnam Mr. Nguyen Tuan Dat, STI
16:35 Country Report from Philippines Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, DOST (TBD)
16:50 Adjourn

<Day 2> November 7, 2018

“Kibo” Utilization Opportunities
9:00 Introduction to Day 2 Sessions Mr. Kazuo Umezawa, JAXA
9:10 Keynote: Micro/nano/pico-satellites for affordable space utilizations and international collaborations Prof. Shin-ichi Nakasuka, Univ. of Tokyo
CubeSats (related to J-SSOD)
9:40 Overview of JAXA Utilization of JEM Exposed Facility
(J-SSOD - JAXA's Perspective)
Mr. Takuki Sano, JAXA
9:55 SpooQy-1, A CubeSat to Demonstrate an Entangled Photon Light Source Dr. Xueliang Bai, NUS
10:10 UBAKUSAT Mr. Ali Baygeldi, MTMAC
10:25 SuryaSat (KiboCube) Dr. Sunartoto Gunado, Surya University
10:40 Photo Session / Coffee Break
11:10 BIRDS Dr. Mengu Cho, Kyushu Institute of Technology
Material Exposure Experiment
11:25 Overview of JAXA Utilization of JEM Exposed Facility (EXHAM & i-SEEP) Mr. Takuki Sano, JAXA
11:40 ExHAM Experiment Preparation and Onboard Real-Time Operation Mr. Shingo Wachi, JAMSS
11:55 E-SOFPADS for Space Radiation Dosimetry:
Sharing our First Experience
Dr. Noramaliza Binti Mohd Noor, UPM
12:10 I-SOFPADS for In-Flight Radiation Dosimetry Dr. Fathinul Fikri Ahamd Saad, UPM
12:25 Lunch Break
Microgravity Experiment
14:00 Introduction to Kibo Onboard Experiments Mr. Kyoichi Arakane, JAXA/AES
14:15 Joint Space Experiment Program: Asia-Pacific Space Frontier Research Dr. Ammarin Pimnoo, GISTDA
Special Session / ISS commercialization and beyond - Asian perspective -
14:45 Introduction to Host Country Session Mr. Cheng Hai Tan, SSTA
15:00 Space BD Inc. providing satellite deployment opportunities from the International Space Station Mr. Kazuma Momoo, Space BD
15:15 Introduction of Mitsui's Business Activities to Accelerate the Space Utilization Mr. Yohei Oyama, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 Proposal for the establishment of an ASEAN Bioastronautics; Space Medicine Translational Research Initiative Dr. Eleni Antoniadou, TWD
16:15 Russian commercial programs in the field of manned flight opportunities - unique expertise and comprehensive range of services Ms. Anna Zakharova, Glavkosmos
16:30 United Nations/China Cooperation on the Utilization of China Space Station Mr. Aimin Niu, UNOOSA
16:45 Introduction to International Space Exploration Mr. Kazuyoshi Kawasaki, JAXA
17:00 Wrap up - Review of Recommendations and Action Items Co-Chairs and all
17:30 Adjourn

Concept Note (PDF VERSION

1. Scope and Objectives

The Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) was formed to encourage countries in the Asia-Pacific region to use the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), also called “Kibo,” which means “hope” in Japanese. Kibo is a manned space facility that provides unique research capabilities in the International Space Station (ISS). In addition to promoting the use of Kibo, the SEUWG aims to create cooperative projects for its utilization among participating countries.

Kibo consists of the Pressurized Module, the Exposed Facility, a Logistics Module, and a Remote Manipulator System. Various scientific and engineering research activities are conducted onboard Kibo that take advantage of the unique environment of the low Earth orbit. Research is currently conducted aboard Kibo in the fields of life science, medical science, materials science, space environment monitoring, Earth observation, and demonstrations of advanced technology. The SEUWG promotes the utilization of the Kibo Module in the Asia-Pacific region in the aforementioned fields as well as for other areas and topics.

2. Activities and Discussion Points

Through discussion among participating nations, the SEUWG aims to contribute to building cooperative projects for Kibo utilization and to provide a variety of benefits for the Asia-Pacific region.

■Opportunities for launch and deployment of microsatellites from Kibo/J-SSOD*

The demand from Asia-Pacific nations for microsatellite deployment has been increasing. Kibo has an airlock through which experiments are transferred and exposed to the external environment of space. Almost 200 satellites have thus been deployed from Kibo, and the deployment system/J-SSOD has been attracting global attention as a new transportation system for satellites.
The KiboCUBE collaboration between JAXA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), which aims to provide educational and research institutions from developing countries with opportunities to deploy CubeSats (1U), is also in progress. JAXA and UNOOSA have agreed to extend the KiboCUBE program for three more years.

* J-SSOD: JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer

■New exposed experiment system of Kibo/ExHAM*

Using an Exposed Facility (EF) and a robotic arm, ExHAM enables experimentation for a short period of time with a lightweight existing experiment sample, and is therefore useful for satellite design. It is currently gaining wide attention from the countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with representatives of entities in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore expressing interest in its utilization. The SEUWG will organize discussions about opportunities for use of ExHAM.

* ExHAM: Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism

■Microgravity science using Kibo’s Pressurized Module and other opportunities

Since experiments in microgravity represent unique fields of research, proposals for Kibo utilization from Asian countries, although valuable, were previously limited in number. However, significant progress has recently been observed. Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand have developed plans and proposals for space experiments using the Pressurized Module and Exposed Facility of Kibo. Active discussions have facilitated effective and fruitful exchange of opinions and information among countries. Any experimental proposal in Kibo’s Pressurized Module is welcome and open for discussion at this WG.
Information on microgravity science using a small rocket, parabolic flight, and drop tower will also be shared in order to expand further experiment opportunity.

■Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW)

The SEKUW is an international workshop whose purpose is to find potential space experiments to be conducted in Kibo as part of activities of the APRSAF/SEUWG.
The Third SEKUW was successfully held at the Vayupak Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand on 9-10 February 2017. As a result, an announcement of opportunity and a feasibility study of the proposals were initiated in Thailand. The achievements and future plans of the SEKUW will be discussed at the SEUWG.

■Special session; ISS commercialization and beyond - Asian Perspective

In May 2018, JAXA selected two private companies as the service providers of small satellite deployment services from Kibo on the ISS. This follows the second version of the “Kibo Utilization Strategy” that intends to promote the private sector’s independent activities in the Kibo module. Moreover, looking at the trends of ISS commercialization and post-ISS, JAXA has announced acceptance of business proposals in Japan for LEO (low-Earth orbit) activities. In this session, private companies will be invited to introduce their activities and plans that incorporate capabilities the ISS currently provides, as well as plans for developing a commercial micro-gravity space industry and outlook on market potential. They will discuss how they envision the LEO landscape of the 2020s and beyond, and identify key issues that must be considered when contemplating a transition from the ISS to other platforms.

Contact for Further Information

Mr. Kazuo Umezawa
E-mail: SEUWGaprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-2669