The Research Center for Space Colony pursues a parallel “dual development” approach that involves exploring potential applications in the space environment for technology that is developed primarily for use on earth.
For example, we conduct cutting-edge research in areas such as photocatalysts, energy solutions (generation, storage and saving) and IoT applications in the context of our work on systems to support human existence over extended periods in the closed environment of space. This often generates outcomes that are equally applicable on Earth, such as designing residential housing to provide adequate protection in the aftermath of a natural disaster when food, energy and other vital supplies have been cut off.
The fruits of our research and development program are often applicable not only to life in space but equally to more immediate concerns on Earth such as bolstering national readiness and resilience, boosting food supplies and stimulating economic growth. For this reason, R&D outcomes are made available to industry as soon as practicable.
Tokyo E&I Center (TEIC) Tokyo University of Science
TEIC is an entrepreneurship training facility with a charter to find private-sector entities interested in commercialization of research outcomes generated at the Research Center for Space Colony, enabling partnerships and tie-ups with such entities.
Faculty of Science and Technology, Space Science and Engineering Course
The Space Science and Engineering Course equips students to drive cutting-edge space research and generate useful outcomes for wider society. This includes active exploration of fields that are not directly related to space.
The Science Hall is used for presentations and briefings on topics such as the basic properties of photocatalysts. These are frequently delivered by researchers from the Center, using standard (non-scientific language) for the benefit of local businesses and industry representatives.