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Dec. 2006 to
Mar. 2007
Shipping of the Kibo ELM-PS, Kibo RMS and Kibo experiment racks Shipping of the Kibo ELM-PS, Kibo RMS and Kibo experiment racks

The Experiment Logistics Module - Pressurized Section, or ELM-PS, a component of the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo,” as well as the Kibo Remote Manipulator System (RMS) and two of the experiment racks that will be installed in the Kibo Pressurized Module (PM), were shipped from the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) in December 2006 and arrived in the United States in March 2007.

Jan. 2007
"Kibo" Flight Operations Readiness Review "Kibo" Flight Operations Readiness Review

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) held a Flight Operations Readiness Review (FORR) for the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" with invited representatives from the international partners of the International Space Station (ISS) program. Representatives from NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) attended the meeting that was conducted at JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) from January 17 to 19.

Oct. 2006
End-to-End Testing of Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) End-to-End Testing of Kibo Pressurized Module (PM)

An End-to-End test of the Pressurized Module (PM), part of the Japan Experiment Module “Kibo,” was conducted on 4 and 5 October 2006. The test was conducted by linking JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) to NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Kennedy Space Center (KSC).

Feb. 2006
Operations Training in the Simulator for the Japanese Experiment Module, "Kibo", February 2006 Operations Training in the Simulator for the Japanese Experiment Module, "Kibo", February 2006

On February 28, 2006, we conducted operations training for the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), also known as "Kibo", using the Kibo simulator.

Jan. 2006
Operations Training in the Simulator for the Japanese Experiment Module, "Kibo", January 2006 Operations Training in the Simulator for the Japanese Experiment Module, "Kibo", January 2006

On January 26, 2006, we conducted operations training for the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), also known as "Kibo", using the Kibo simulator.

Oct. 2005
Operations Simulation Training for the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" Operations Simulation Training for the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”

Operations simulation training for the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), also known as "Kibo," was conducted on Oct. 28, 2005.During this simulation, the Space Station Operations Facility (SSOF) at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) and the Johnson Space Center (JSC) were linked together.

Oct 2005 to
Nov 2005
Kibo's Extravehicular Activity Procedure Development Test No. 6 (OPS #6) Kibo's Extravehicular Activity Procedure Development Test No. 6 (OPS #6)

From October 24 to November 4, 2005, Kibo's Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Development Test No. 6 (OPS #6) was conducted in the Weightless Environment Test Building (WET) at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC).

May 2004 ~
Space Environment Data Acquisition equipment-Attached Payload Acceptance Test Space Environment Data Acquisition equipment-Attached Payload Acceptance Test

An acceptance test is being conducted in Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) on the Space Environment Data Acquisition equipment-Attached Payload (SEDA-AP).

Mar. 2004
Thermal Vacuum Test of the Inter-orbit Communication System - Exposed Facility Subsystem Thermal Vacuum Test of the Inter-orbit Communication System - Exposed Facility Subsystem

A thermal vacuum test of the Inter-orbit Communication System - Exposed Facility Subsystem (ICS-EF) is being conducted in the 8mφ Space Chamber at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC).

Feb. 2004
Visibility Verification Test for the Visual Indicator of the Space Environment Data Acquisition Equipment-Attached Payload SEDA-AP being tested

the visibility verification test for the Visual Indicator of the Space Environment Data Acquisition Equipment-Attached Payload (SEDA-AP) was conducted.

Nov. 17 to
Nov. 22, 2003
Kibo's Extravehicular Activity procedure development test No. 5 (OPS #5) Astronaut Wakata conducting the test

Kibo's Extravehicular Activity (EVA) procedure development test No. 5 (OPS #5) was conducted in the Weightless Environment Test Building (WET) at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) from November 17 to 22, 2003.

Sep. 15 to
Nov. 5, 2003
Status of Kibo's Pressurized Module After MEIT-III Measurement of each section

After the Multi-Element Integration Test-III (MEIT-III), various tests were conducted on Kibo's Pressurized Module (PM) from September to November in Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Aug. 26 to
Sep. 10, 2003
Multi-Element Integration Test-III (MEIT-III) of Kibo Pressurized Module and the International Space Station Astronaut Noguchi in MEIT-III

Multi-Element Integration Test-III (MEIT-III) was conducted at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, for the Kibo Pressurized Module (PM), and Node 2 (the connection module of the ISS main body), and the US Laboratory Destiny's simulator.

Jul. 2 to
Aug. 25, 2003
Kibo Pressurized Module's Launch Site Processing Status OOCT from June 23 through 27

After the Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) arrived in USA, the PM was transported to the Space Station Processing Facility (SSPF) in KSC.

May 30, 2003
Kibo PM arrival in USA The PM arrived at Port Canaveral.

The Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) arrived at Port Canaveral adjacent to NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Florida at 6:00 a.m. EDT, May 30.

Apr. 11 to
May 2, 2003
Kibo PM departure for USA Departure from Yokohama Harbor

The Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) departed from Japan for NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on May 2, 2003.

Jan. 20 to
Mar. 28, 2003
Kibo Advanced Training #2 Kibo Advanced Training #2

Advanced Training #2 was conducted for NASDA astronauts Wakata and Hoshide, NASA astronaut Timothy Creamer, and ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli in January, and for NASDA astronauts Doi and Furukawa, NASA astronaut Stepheng Bowen, and ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts in March.

Nov. 11 to
Dec. 13, 2002
Kibo Advanced Training #2 Pilot Course

Kibo Advanced Training phase 2 (#2) Pilot Course has been conducted with NASA and European Space Agency (ESA) astronauts from November 11 to December 13, 2002.

Nov. 4 to
Dec. 12, 2002
Kibo's EVA procedure development test No. 4 (OPS #4) / WETS-EVA training No. 3

Kibo's Extravehicular Activity (EVA) procedure development test No. 4 (OPS #4) was conducted in the Weightless Environment Test Building (WET) at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) from November 4 to 22, 2002.
Additionally, Weightless Environment Test System (WETS)-EVA training No. 3 was conducted for Japanese astronauts from November 4 to December 12, 2002.

Aug. 6 to
Aug. 24, 2002
Kibo PM module leak test

A Kibo Pressurized Module (PM) module leak test was conducted at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) from August 19 to 24, 2002.

Jun. 3 to
Jun. 20, 2002
Inter-orbit Communication System (ICS)/Data Relay Test Satellite (DRTS) ground station interface test

An interface test between the ICS, which will be flown on board Kibo in the ISS, and the DRTS ground station was performed from June 3, 2002 to June 20, 2002 in Tsukuba Space Center .
The ICS-DRTS ground station interface test verifies the ICS and the DRTS ground station in TKSC can communicate properly via DRTS.

Sep. 2001 to
May 2002
Kibo's total system test

Kibo's total system test has been conducted at Tsukuba Space Center since last autumn. All Kibo's components were connected to check its function and performance as a whole module.

Dec. 2001 to
Mar. 2002
Kibo Advanced Training started for Astronauts to board the ISS

The advanced training of Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module, was started at Tsukuba Space Center in December 2001 for astronauts who will work aboard the ISS. The advanced training is one of the two training courses for astronauts who will be assigned to the ISS, advanced training and increment training. Advanced training is conducted by each international partner (IP). The training started this month is for Kibo's Pressurized Module and Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section.

Nov. 5 to
26, 2001
Kibo's Extravehicular Activity procedure development test No. 3 (OPS #3)

Kibo's Extravehicular Activity procedure development test No. 3 (OPS #3) was conducted in the Weightless Environment Test Facility at Tsukuba Space Center from November 5 to 26, 2001.

Sep. 25, 2001
Pressurized module Kibo of the Japanese Experiment Module arrived at Tsukuba Space Center.

Kibo, the pressurized module of the Japanese Experiment Module, left Tobishima Plant of Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and arrived at Tsukuba Space Center on September 25 early in the morning. Its shipment ceremony was completed on September 14.

Sep. 14, 2001
Shipment ceremony of Pressurized Module Kibo of the Japanese Experiment Module

On September 14, 2001, a shipment ceremony of the Pressurized Module of Kibo was held at the Tobishima Plant of Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. After the ceremony, the module was shipped to Tsukuba Space Center.

Sep. 4, 2001
"Kibo's" Image Processing Unit opened to press at Tsukuba Space Center

Assembly of the Image Processing Unit (IPU) for Kibo's Multiuser Experiment Facilities was completed, and the IPU was opened to the press at Tsukuba Space Center on September 4, 2001.

Aug. 20 to
Aug. 28, 2001
"Kibo" pilot training for the Japanese Experiment Module Instructor Evaluation

The second "Kibo" pilot training for the Japanese Experiment Module Instructor Evaluation was conducted at the Tsukuba Space Center from 20 to 28 August, with ESA astronaut Mr. Reinhold Eward and ESA Columbus Module instructor Mr. Christian Steinhoff as invited trainees.

Jul. 17, 2001
Flight Crew Interface Test of "Kibo" Japanese Experiment Module's Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section (ELM-ES)

The Flight Crew Interface Test (FCIT) of Japanese Experiment Module Kibo's Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section (ELM-ES) was conducted by NASDA astronauts Doi and Hoshide on July 17, 2001, at Tsukuba Space Center.

Oct. 2000 to
Sep. 2001
The system test

In July 2001, the Pressurized Module System Test of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" is being conducted at MHI Nagoya Aerospace Systems. This test was started from October 2000 and will be continued until September 2001. The system test is now in the final stage and in July an integrated functional test to check the consolidated function of the experiment facility are being conducted. After completing this test, the Pressurized Module will be delivered to Tsukuba space center to conduct a total system test, combined with other components such as the Exposed Facility and the Manipulator from October 2001 to April 2002.

May 21 to
Jun. 1, 2001
The second operability evaluation test of the robot arm for Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo"

The second operability evaluation test of the robot arm for Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station was held at Tsukuba Space Center from May 21 to June 1. Here is the report of the May 23 test that was conducted by Japanese astronaut Wakata.

Apr. 26, 2001
The Gradient Heating Furnace was opened to press at IHI

The Gradient Heating Furnace (GHF), an experiment facility in the Pressurized Module (PM) of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo," has been manufactured and was presented to the press at IHI's Mizuho factory on April 26, 2001. GHF is a multipurpose furnace consisting of the Material Processing unit (GHF-MP), which directly controls heating and cooling of samples; the GHF Control Equipment (GHF-CE), which controls the overall operation of the GHF and communicates Kibo; the Sample Cartridge Automatic Exchange Mechanism (SCAM), which can automatically exchange 15 Sample Cartridges (maximum); and the SCAM Control Equipment (SCAM-CE). It is mainly used for conducting experiments such as crystal growth of semiconductors. GHF is scheduled to be launched in the Kibo PM in February 2004.

Nov. 2000 to
Mar. 6, 2001
Kibo's Extravehicular Activity procedure development test No.2(OPS#2)

Kibo's Extravehicular Activity (EVA) procedure development test No. 2 (OPS #2) was conducted at Tsukuba Space Center from the end of November 2000 to March 6, 2001.

Feb. 20, 2001
Japanese Experiment Module Kibo ELM-ES was opened to press at Tsukuba Space Center

Assembly of Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section (ELM-ES) of Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" was completed at the factory and it was transported to Tsukuba Space Center on Dec. 27, 2000 for a system test. On Feb. 20, 2001, it was opened to press at Tsukuba Space Center. ELM-ES is a Japan's original reusable transfer pallet for transporting experiments to Kibo Exposed Facility. Its first launch is scheduled in January 2005.

Nov. 30 to
Dec. 13, 2000
Japanese Experiment Module Kibo Pilot Training

Japanese astronaut Souichi Noguchi and NASA astronauts Michael Foreman and Mark Lee conducted Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Kibo Pilot Training from November 30 through December 13, 2000.

Nov. 27 to
Nov. 29, 2000
Japanese Experiment Module Kibo EF arrived at Tsukuba Space Center

The Exposed Facility of "Kibo" Japanese Experiment Module was transported to Tsukuba Space Center from an IHI factory in Nishitama-gun, Tokyo, by a trailer truck from Nov. 27 through 29, 2000, to undergo system testing. On Dec. 14, it was opened to the press at Tsukuba Space Center. Once in orbit, the Exposed Facility will be continuously exposed to and will be utilized in the space environment.

Sep. 5 to
Sep. 26, 2000
System Racks were installed in Kibo's Pressurized Module

System racks were installed in Kibo's pressurized module at Nagoya Aeronautics and Space Systems Tobishima factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industry from Sep. 5 to 26, 2000. Subsystems that control Kibo's power, communications, and thermal control systems are installed in the system racks.

Jun. 27 to
Jul. 2, 2000
Common Berthing Mechanism Acceptance Test of the Japanese Experiment Module"Kibo"

The Common Berthing Mechanism Acceptance Test of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" was conducted at Tobishima factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industry from June 27 to July 2, 2000.

May 25, 2000
Flight Crew Interface Test (FCIT) of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo's" Pressurized Module

The Flight Crew Interface Test (FCIT) of the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo's" Pressurized Module was conducted on May 25, 2000 at Tsukuba Space Center.

May 13 to
May 18, 2000
Japanese Experiment Module Kibo's Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section to arrive at Tsukuba Space Center !

Japanese Experiment Module Kibo's Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section (ELM-PS) was transported to Tsukuba Space Center from May 13 to 18, 2000.

Feb. 15 to
Aug. 23, 2001
Neutron measurement experiment on board the International Space Station

NASDA will conduct a neutron measurement inside the International Space Station (ISS) using the NASDA-developed Bonner Ball Neutron Detector (BBND) located in the US experiment module of the ISS from February 15 to August 23.

Mar. 20 to
Mar. 31, 2000
Kibo's Manipulator System Undergoing Various Tests

The Main Arm Assembly Test was conducted from July to December in 1999.
The JEMRMS Console Assembly Test began in May 1999 and is still underway.

Dec. 3, 1999 to
Mar. 22, 2000
Mental Stress Reduction Studied for Long-Term Stays aboard ISS

NASDA has been participating in the Long-Term Isolation Test in Mixed Cultures being conducted in Moscow, Russia, by the Institute of Biomedical Problems since last July.

Oct. 5 to
Oct. 19, 1999
Electromagnetic Compatibility Test of Kibo's manipulator main arm

An Electromagnetic Compatibility Test of Kibo's Manipulator main arm was conducted.

Jul. 29 to
Aug. 27, 1999
Thermal Vacuum Test of Kibo's Manipulator Main Arm

A Thermal Vacuum Test of Kibo's Manipulator Main Arm was conducted.

Jul. 21 to
Sep. 29, 1999
Hyper Velocity Impact Test of Kibo's Debris Shield

A Hyper Velocity Impact Test of Kibo's Debris Shield was conducted.

Sep. 1999
Space Suit and Extravehicular Activities

Space Suit's Functions, Capabilities and Necessary EVA Preparations ware conducted.

Aug. 4 to
Aug. 5, 1999
Functional Test of Kibo's Airlock

A functional test of Kibo's airlock was conducted. Testing of airlock hatches and the slide table is reported.

Aug. 1999
Zero-Gravity Experiments for Centrifuge Development

One of the core life science experiment systems being developed for the ISS is the Centrifuge

Jul. 7 to
Jul. 12, 1999
Maintainability test of Kibo's ECLSS-TCS system rack

A maintainability test of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo's Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) and Thermal Control System (TCS) rack was conducted in July. Here is the report.

Jun. 30 to
Jul. 6,1999
Kibo's Manipulator Console Acoustic Test

Japanese Experiment Module Kibo's manipulator console acoustic test was conducted at Tsukuba Space Station. The test is introduced here.

Jun. 1999
Managing Astronauts' Health for Long-Duration Stays in Space

Maintaining and Promoting Astronauts' Physical and Mental Health

May 28 to
Jun. 4, 1999
Modal Survey Test of "Kibo" conducted

A Modal Survey Test was conducted on the Pressurized Module (PM) and Manipulator of Kibo (the Japanese Experiment Module, JEM) at Tsukuba Space Center. Here is the report.

Mar. 1.1999
Interviewing key persons at Kibo (Japanese Experiment Module) manufacturing site

A NASDA person visited the Asuka factory of Mitsubishi Heavy Industry in Nagoya, and interviewed the key persons about manufacturing Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). In this factory, Kibo's Pressurized Module (PM), and Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section (ELM-PS) are being assembled.

Aug. to
Oct. 1998
Kibo Development Takes Much Physical Strength

NASDA engineers received diving training for Weightless Simulation Test No. 4.

Aug. to
Oct. 1998
Kibo Extravehicular Activity Weightless Simulation Test No. 4

Extravehicular Activity Weightless Simulation Test No. 4 was conducted in Tsukuba Space Center to prepare for Kibo launch and to ensure that Kibo design allows unimpaired repair or maintenance tasks.


Last Updated: March.27,2007

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