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November 26-29, 2019

Nagoya, Japan Japan

Working Groups

Space Environment Utilization Working Group

Participants Only


Dr. Damrongrit Niammuad
Director, Space Krenovation Park
Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA)

Ms. OGAWA Shiho
Director, Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Utilization Center, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, JAXA


<Day 1> November 26, 2019

Introduction and Country Reports
9:00 Opening Remarks Co-Chairs
9:10 Review of SEUWG meeting at APRSAF-25 Mr. TANIGAKI Fumiaki, JAXA
Country Report
9:20 Australian Space Agency - Country Report Mr. Karl Rodrigues, ASA
The ANU Institute for Space - InSpace Dr. Anna Moore
9:35 The New Zealand Space Agency Mr. Tawhai Moss, NZSA (Skype)
9:50 Report from UAE Mr. Salem Al Marri, MBRSC
10:05 Country Report from Indonesia Ms. Rasdewita Kesumanirgrum, LAPAN
10:20 Report from Malaysia Mr. Mohd Helmy Hashim, MYSA
10:35 Coffee Break
10:55 Country Report from Thailand Dr. Damrongrit Niammuad, GISTDA
11:10 APRSAF26 Country Report Ms. Gillian Chin, SSTA
11:25 Maximizing ISS/Kibo utilization outcomes through
implementation of the Kibo Utilization Strategy
“Kibo” Utilization Opportunities - Exposed Facility
11:40 Overview of Kibo Exposed Facility Mr. DOI Shinobu, JAXA
Launch and deployment of microsatellites using J-SSOD
12:10 SpooQy-1 Ms. Gillian Chin, SSTA
12:25 Nepali Satellite -1 in Space Mr. Krishna Raj Adhikary, NESARC
12:55 Photo Session / Lunch Break
New utilization system of the Kibo Exposed Facility
14:00 Introduction of Mitsui’s Business Activities
to Accelerate the Space Utilization
Mr. HONDA Takuma, Mitsui co.,ltd.
14:15 Commercialization of the "Access to Space" Using Japanese Platform, ISS Kibo and Others Mr. KANAZAWA Makoto, Space BD
Projects using ExHAM
14:30 SOFPADS using ExHAM and Onboard experiment Mr. Mohd Helmy Hashim, MYSA
14:45 The behavior of electron beam on Poly(methyl methacrylate) and composites related to ExHAM experiment Dr. Nilgun BAYDOGAN, Istanbul Technical University
15:00 Turkish experience of ISS-KIBO Dr. Tayfun BEL, Belpico Havacilik ve Uzay Teknolojileri ARGE Ltd. Sti.
Projects using iSEEP
15:15 Small laser communication terminal (SOLISS)
demonstration on the ISS exposure facility
Mr. IWAMOTO Kyohei, Sony CSL
15:30 RICOH Theta Mr. KODA Daiki, JAXA
15:45 Coffee Break
Special Session 1: Kibo Robot Programming Challenge - new program of the Kibo-ABC initiative
16:00 ISS Contributions to Educational Use of Space Dr. NAKASUKA Shinichi, University of Tokyo
16:30 Introduction of Astrobee (Skype) Mr. Andres Mora, NASA
16:50 Planning detail of Kibo-RPC Mr. ARAKANE Kyoichi, AES
17:10 JEM Internal Ball Camera(Int-Ball) Crew-Support Camera Robot in Kibo Mr. KAWAI Yuta, JAXA
17:25 Experience of Zero Robotics Dr. Xiaofeng Wu
18:00 Adjourn

<Day 2> November 27, 2019

“Kibo” Utilization Opportunities - Internal experiment facility and Other opportunities
Microgravity science (Kibo, small rocket, parabolic flight and drop tower)
9:00 Introduction of the ISS-Kibo "Drug design supporting platform" Dr.YOSHIZAKI Izumi, JAXA
9:15 The 1st Space Research Experiment of Thailand Dr. Ammarin Pimnoo, GISTDA
Mr. Paritat Theanthong, NSTDA
9:45 Clustering of Oppositely Charged Colloidal Particles
Dr.YAMANAKA Junpei, Nagoya City University
10:00 Introduction of Electrostatic Levitation Furnace Mr. ODA Hirohisa, JAXA
10:15 Science missions of UAE astronaut program and Parabolic flight experiment Ms. Mariam Al Zarouni, MBRSC
10:30 Coffee Break
11:00 Parabolic flight activity in space development Mr. NUKUI Tomoyuki, JAXA
Space Environment Utilization Activities
11:30 The United Nations,delivering "Access to Space for All": Activity Status in 2019 Mr. Aimin Niu, UNOOSA
Special Session 2: ISS as a technical demonstration platform toward Moon and Mars exploration
11:45 International Space Exploration and JAXA's activities Mr. SAISHO Daisuke, JAXA
12:00 JAXA's open innovation activities - Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center Mr. FUSE Tetsuhito, JAXA
12:15 Mice Experiment (Zero-G, Moon-G, and Martian-G) Dr. SHIBA Dai, JAXA
12:30 Status of preparation of investigation for gravity dependence of soft terrain on planetary surface (Hourglass) Ms. KUROSAWA Chihiro, JAXA
12:45 Herbs are essential for space foods Dr. KATAYAMA Naomi, Nagoya Women's University
13:00 Lunch Break
14:00 Space food development for manned space activities
 Malaysian Food in Space - Experience of Malaysian Astronaut Mr. Mohd Helmy Hashim, MYSA
14:10  Experience of Emirati Astronaut mission Ms. Mariam Al Zarouni, MBRSC
14:20  GISTDA's Roadmap to Space Settlement Dr. Ammarin Pimnoo, GISTDA
14:30  Japanese Space Food Certification Mr. MURAYAMA Kazutaka, JAXA
14:45 Wrap up - Review of Recommendations and Action Items Co-Chairs and all
15:30 Coffee Break
Joint Session between SEUWG and SEWG - Room 301 (venue of SEWG)
16:00 Kibo-ABC Programs for the Asia-Pacific Region SEUWG
16:20 Space Education Programs Inspired by Human Space Flight SEWG
16:40 Q&A and Discussion all
SEUWG wrap up
17:00 Wrap up - Review of Recommendations and Action Items (continued), Video interview for Space Agencies
18:00 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).

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 being 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 Kibo in the Asia-Pacific region in the above fields, as well as for other areas and topics, through information exchange and discussion at WG sessions among participants. In addition to promoting the use of Kibo, the SEUWG aims to create multilateral cooperative programs for its utilization among participating countries by using the framework of the Asian Beneficial Collaboration through Kibo utilization (Kibo-ABC) initiative.

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 broad range of benefits for the Asia-Pacific region.

■Special Session 1
“Kibo-Robot Programming Challenge - new program of the Kibo-ABC initiative -”

The Kibo-Robot Programming Challenge (KRPC) is an educational competition mainly for university students in which they solve various problems by using real robots in Kibo. JAXA will begin KRPC with the cooperation of NASA. The contents of KRPC will be discussed at the Kibo-ABC Workshop to be held by Kibo-ABC member countries on November 25, 2019, one day before the SEUWG.
In Special Session 1, JAXA will explain the overview of KRPC to SEUWG participants as well as informing non-participating countries of this educational opportunity. Furthermore, the 7th Asian Try Zero-G program and the 3rd Space Seeds for Asian Future Program, to be conducted in the near future, will be introduced to participants at the WG session. These programs contribute to human resource development and capacity building for Kibo utilization.

■Special Session 2
“ISS as a technical demonstration platform toward Moon and Mars exploration”

Working with U.S. companies and international partners, NASA will push the boundaries of human exploration forward to the Moon and on to Mars. At this very moment, NASA and international partners including JAXA are taking steps to begin this next era of exploration. Toward the Moon and Mars exploration, the ISS/Kibo will be utilized as a technical demonstration platform.
In Special Session 2, JAXA will present some experiments to be conducted onboard Kibo. All agencies will be invited to introduce their activities and future plans related to these topics.

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

Proposals for Kibo utilization from Asian countries were previously limited in number. However, significant progress has been observed recently. Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand have developed plans for space experiments using the Pressurized Module and Exposed Facility of Kibo. Currently, the dosimetry experiment samples of Malaysia launched on SpX-17 in 2019 are stored onboard Kibo for the measurement of radiation dosage. In addition, the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) in Thailand has started Thailand’s first space experiment on Kibo on the Crystallization of Protein Target for Anti-Malarial Drug.
Any experimental proposals for Kibo’s Pressurized Module are welcome and open for discussion at this WG session. Information on microgravity science using a small rocket, parabolic flight, and a drop tower will also be shared in order to further expand experiment opportunities.

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

The demand from Asia-Pacific nations for microsatellite deployment has been increasing. Many Asian satellites (of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Vietnam) have been deployed from Kibo, and the deployment system/J-SSOD attracts global attention as a new transportation system for satellites. Project teams will be invited to introduce their activities and future plans.
Concurrently with these microsatellite deployments, KiboCUBE collaboration between JAXA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is in progress to provide opportunities to deploy one unit (1U) CubeSat from Kibo to educational and research institutions of developing countries. The SuryaSat Project of Indonesia was selected for the third round of KiboCUBE.
In 2018, JAXA selected two private companies as the providers of small satellite deployment services from Kibo to promote independent activities by the private sector on Kibo. JAXA will explain how to use the J-SSOD system.
 * 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 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Universiti Putra Malaysia has started a new dosimetry experiment using ExHAM with the Malaysian Space Agency (ANGKASA) and JAXA. The SEUWG will organize discussions regarding opportunities for the use of ExHAM.
 * ExHAM: Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism

■Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW)

The SEKUW is an international workshop whose purpose is to find potential space experiments to be conducted onboard Kibo as part of the activities of the APRSAF/SEUWG.
The 3rd SEKUW was successfully held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2017. As a result, feasibility studies on space environment utilizations were initiated in Thailand. The achievements and future plans of the SEKUW will be discussed at the SEUWG.

3. Draft Agenda

1) Opening session
2) Review of the last SEUWG meeting at APRSAF-25 in Singapore in 2018
3) Activity reports and discussion
- Launch and deployment of microsatellites (Kibo and launch vehicles)
- Projects using the Exposed Facility of Kibo
- Microgravity science (Kibo, small rocket, parabolic flight and drop tower)
- Kibo-ABC initiative
- Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop
- Other topics
4) Special Session 1: Kibo-Robot Programming Challenge and other Kibo-ABC programs
5) Special Session 2: ISS as a technical demonstration platform toward Moon and Mars exploration
6) Overall discussion, future work, conclusions and recommendations

Contact for Further Information

Mr. TANIGAKI Fumiaki
E-mail: SEUWGaprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-2186

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1. Participants who wish to give a presentation are requested to send abstracts (approximately 400 words in length) to the APRSAF Secretariat when registering. The presentation will be selected based on your submitted abstract. The result will be informed by the end of October.
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