Research Unit I, Aerospace Research and Development Directorate, JAXA,

Mr. YAMANAKA received a Master of Engineering from Nagoya University in 1992. He has been with JAXA for more than 25 years. He has developed rendezvous system of Japanese H-II transfer vehicle (HTV). He has been the Flight Director of HTV and Lead Flight Director of HTV-1. He received NASA Superior Achievement Award, Prizes for Science and Technology from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, NASA Group Achievement Awards and many other awards. He is now director of research and development section of JAXA.