On July 30, 2019 (TUE), an opening ceremony was held to mark the installation of the "Space Colony Demonstration Module" at the Tokyo University of Science Noda Campus. This module will serve as a platform for joint experiments involving various element technologies needed for living in outer space.
The ceremony was attended by university representatives starting with Chairman of the Board of Directors Kazuo Motoyama and University President Yoichiro Matsumoto, as well as representatives from joint-research partners including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Shimizu Corporation.
The challenging research can only be realized with dream of many researchers. We are grateful for the institutions participating in this joint research as their contributions will help to realize these dreams," said Matsumoto. "This research for living in outer space will also produce technologies that can be applied to life here on earth and we anticipat"e practical application of these technologies in various fields," said Motoyama. Here a common point was that the project will ultimately target sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Chiaki Mukai, Director of the Space Colony Research Center, provided an overview of the project and Shinichi Kimura, Vice Director of the Space Colony Research Center, provided an overview of the demonstration module. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was also held.
The event concluded with a Q&A session attended by many people including members of the media. Many questions were asked beyond the allocated time, suggesting very strong interest in this research.
Space Colony Research Center