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The Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) was established as an opportunity for countries in the Asia-Pacific region to use the “Kibo” Japanese Experiment Module on the International Space Station (ISS/Kibo). For further utilization of the space environment, the WG shares needs and exchanges information on subjects related to the advantages and framework of using ISS/Kibo’s special function. Through discussion among the participating nations, the WG aims to contribute to building cooperative projects for the utilization of Kibo and to provide a variety of benefits for the Asia-Pacific region.

Space Environment Utilization Working Group


  • Space environment utilization in the region

    J-SSOD / Opportunities for launch and deployment of microsatellites from Kibo
    In April 2016, DIWATA-1, the first Philippine 50-kg-class microsatellite, was successfully deployed from Kibo using the J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer). The demand from Asia-Pacific nations for microsatellite deployment has been increasing.

    ExHAM / New exposed experiment system of Kibo
    ExHAM (Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism) enables experiments to be carried out 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 member countries, with representatives of entities in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore expressing interests for its utilization.

    Microgravity science in Kibo’s Pressurized Module
    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 and Malaysia have developed plans and proposals for space experiments.

  • Promotion of space environment utilization in the region

    Activities of Kibo-ABC

    Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop in Asian countries
    Based on the success of the first workshop held by LAPAN in May 2015 in Jakarta, Indonesia, the second workshop was held by ANGKASA in April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Approximately 50 participants from 15 organizations in Malaysia, Singapore and Japan attended the workshop and discussed their proposals.

    Third Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop held in Bangkok successfully

    The third Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW) was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on February 9 and 10, 2017. This was the first workshop to be held in Thailand on the utilization of the "Kibo" Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station. This workshop was jointly organized by the Geo-Informatics and the Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) of Thailand, and JAXA under the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG), APRSAF. A total of 88 participants from 38 organizations/institutions in Thailand, Singapore, and Japan attended this workshop. The participants exchanged the latest plans of Thailand National Space Exploration, CubeSat missions, and microgravity experiments and expressed their intention to expand the utilization of the Kibo module. During the workshop, students who had participated in past programs of the Kibo-ABC initiative held a panel discussion.

    Presentation materials and photos are posted on the website of NSTDA:

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