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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.


Achievements of the “Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW)”(May 16, 2016)

The Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW) was successfully convened at the National Planetarium, National Space Agency (ANGKASA), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from April 18 to 19, 2016.

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Kibo-ABC Member Countries’ News: Philippines and Japan(April 27, 2016)

DIWATA-1, the first Philippine-made satellite was successfully deployed from the “Kibo” in ISS on April 27, 2016. Also this was the first attempt to deploy a 50kg class satellite from the Kibo.

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Final announcement for “Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW)” April 18-19 2016(April 4, 2016)

We are pleased to invite you that the Space Environment and Kibo Utilization Workshop (SEKUW) will be held from 18-19 April 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Kibo-ABC Member Countries' News: The Philippines(March 18, 2016)

The First Philippine-made 50kg Class Satellite “DIWATA-1” Ready for Launch.
DIWATA-1, the first Philippine-made satellite has been handed over to JAXA at Tsukuba Space Center on January 13, to prepare for its launch to International Space Station into space in April 2016.

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*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

>> KUOA Past news

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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