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Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA)

The Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA) was established in July 2010 to facilitate the extensive application of the unique space environment provided by the International Space Station (ISS) and its Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" by Asian countries.

Japanese Experiment Module, KIBO (Credit: JAXA/NASA)

JAXA has been promoting diverse cooperative activities with Asian counterparts in the field of space environment utilization at the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) since 2005. The mission of KUOA is to extend the current cooperation with Asian counterparts on the ground into space by making full use of the Kibo facility in orbit.

The ISS program visualizes great challenges in all kinds of collaboration, in covering a broad spectrum from science and technology to liberal arts in space, hoping to yield prosperous returns to human welfare on earth. JAXA is ready to share the benefit from Kibo utilization with its Asian friends.


First announcement for the third "Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW)"(December 14, 2016)

We are pleased to inform you that the 3rdSpace Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW) will be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 9-10 February 2017.

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Announcement for Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-23)" in Manila, Philippines(November 7, 2016)

The 23rd session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-23) will be held from 14-18 November 2016 Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Manila, the Philippines.

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Kibo-ABC Member Countries' News: Asian Try Zero-G 2016 was performed by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi(September 14, 2016)

September 14th, Asian Try Zero-G 2016 was successfully conducted experiments by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi in ISS/Kibo.

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Asian Try Zero-G 2016 ideas selected(August 30, 2016)

Kibo-ABC called for proposal of "Asian Try Zero-G 2016" to be conducted in Kibo, expected to be performed by ISS crew JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi this year.

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KUOA Programs

Space Seeds for Asian Future (SSAF)


Asian Students' Parabolic Experiment Contest


The Japan-Korea Joint Seminar on Space Environment Utilization Research


Reference Materials

ISRDB (International Space Environment Utilization Research Data Base)
Drop Shaft and Aircraft Experiment Guidebook [PDF: 2.5MB]


A Half-second Microgravity - Instructor's Manual [PDF: 850KB]


Planning Guide for Space Experiment Research [PDF: 1.15MB]




Memoir of Japanese Space Experiments


English [PDF: 371.2KB]

Indonesian [PDF: 7.7MB]

Vietnamese [PDF: 6.7MB]

Thai [PDF: 9.0MB]


Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)
Space Enviroment Utilization Working Group (APRSAF)
Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC) Australia
National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LPAN) Indonesia
Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)  
The Korean Astronaut Page
Yonsei Institute of Space Bioscience (YISB) 
National Space Agency (ANGKASA) Malaysia 
Malaysian Space Seed Page 
Space Science Education Portal 
Parabolic Flight Experiment Opportunity 
News clip on SSAF2010-2011 [PDF: 1.8MB]
KiwiSpace Foundation (New Zealand) 
National Science and Technology Agency (NSTDA) Thailand 
Space Technology Institute (STI) Vietnam 
Human Space Technology Initiative by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) 
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