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11 Members from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand visit TUS through JST's Sakura Science Plan - Design and Production Experience of Devices Equipped with Microsatellites Implemented

2018.01.12 Friday


For 10 days from December 4 to 13, one faculty member and 10 graduate students from the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand visited the Kimura Lab in the Tokyo University of Science's Department of Electrical Engineering through support from the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science ("Sakura Science Plan") organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and participated in a design and production experience of devices equipped with microsatellites.

The Kimura Lab has developed many high-functional space equipment at low costs by using electronic devices for consumer use, and as exemplified by IKAROS and Hayabusa 2, such equipment is being used in various missions. The objective of this program is for students to learn space development in a practical manner, by experiencing production and environmental testing of mounted devices, as well as by dividing into groups and designing satellite missions.

In the first half of the program, the participants first used space camera development kits to manufacture their own space-borne cameras and implement environmental testing such as thermal vacuum tests and temperature tests. In the manufacturing process, the students learned, through experience, important points in developing and manufacturing space equipment. For temperature tests, cooperation from the Komura Lab in the Department of Physics in the Faculty of Science and Technology was obtained.

On December 9, the participants visited the Tsukuba Space Center, among other places, with cooperation from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. At the Tsukuba Space Center, they were even able to tour the Kibo Flight Control Room, which is not normally open to visitors, providing an extremely valuable experience.

In the second half of the program, the participants were divided into two groups and carried out system design for mock satellites. Presentations were held on December 12, with the groups both presenting very unique mission proposals.

This program provided a valuable experience in international exchange, even for the TUS students who welcomed the visitors. As many of the participants have also expressed a great deal of interest in the doctoral program at TUS, there are also expectations for exchanges to expand in the future in a variety of ways. TUS is greatly appreciative of the JST's Sakura Science Plan, which has created such opportunities for exchange.