Japan contributes the International Space Station (ISS) program with
its unique experiment module, the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo).
Japan, America, Russia, the various countries of Europe, and Canada
are participating in this international cooperative project.The development
and operation of Kibo are mainly supervised by the Space Environment
Utilization Center at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The base of development and operations is the Space Station Integration
and Promotion Center (SSIPC) at the Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC), Ibaraki
- Develop and operate Kibo
- Support space experiments
performed on Kibo
- Acquire and accumulate manned space flight technologies,
including training of space station crew
of the facilities:|
Full system functional tests of
integrated Sub-Elements of Kibo, functional tests, payload/Kibo compatibility
test and on-orbit operations support are conducted.
Development of common technologies
for space experiments, user support related to planning of space experiments,
space experiments preparation and experiment analysis support are conducted.
Cooperate with NASA Mission
Control Center and the Payload Operation Control Center, to carry out Kibo/Kibo
system operations, user experiment operations, operational planning, and analysis
of operations and payloads.
The Astronaut Training Facility is
the site for crew selection and training, health care, and manned space technology
A large tank makes possible
the simulation of a weightless environment for basic crew training, procedure
development for on-board equipment replacement and Kibo system maintenance on-orbit,
and Kibo design verification tests.
Last Updated : March 2, 2015