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ISS/Kibo Times

The ISS/Kibo Times - Winter issue 2019/2020 -

Last Updated: March 25, 2020

The ISS / Kibo Times will be issued quarterly to introduce Japan's activities on the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo", the International Space Station (ISS), and the activities of JAXA Astronauts.

    - CONTENTS -
  1. ISS/Kibo Topics
  2. JAXA Astronauts Activities
  3. Recommended Photos

1. ISS/Kibo Topics

Detection of progressive hardening of the cosmic-ray proton spectrum up to teraelectronvolt energies with direct measurements by CALET on the International Space Station (December 19, 2019)

A team of researchers led by Yoichi Asaoka, senior researcher of Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering, Waseda University; Shoji Torii, emeritus professor of Waseda University and Principal Investigator of CALET; and Pier S. Marrocchesi, Professor of Siena University report a progressive spectral hardening of cosmic-ray protons, the primary component of galactic cosmic rays, precisely measured over the energy range 50 GeV - 10 TeV using the CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET).

Conducted simulation verification test of Kibo-PRC! (December 24, 2019)

JAXA conducted a simulation verification test of Kibo-PRC from November 12 to 15, 2019, in collaboration with NASA's Ames Research Center (ARC). The simulation cleared each test item successfully.

Protein crystals produced on "Kibo" contribute to discovery of a compound that may lead to development of a new type of antibacterial drug such as curative drug for periodontal disease (December 26, 2019)

A Japanese research team has found a compound that inhibits growth of periodontal disease bacteria, using the results of an ongoing protein crystal growth experiment on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo"

Consolidation data of "Kibo" exposed payloads (SEDA-AP, MAXI, and CALET) derived the total dose on ISS originated by Relativistic Electron Precipitation (REP) events. (December 27, 2019)

Radiation dose during relativistic electron precipitation events at the International Space Station

Guatemalan first CubeSat delivered to JAXA (December 27, 2019)

On December 3, 2019, the CubeSat "Quetzal-1" designed and built by students and researchers of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (University of the Valley of Guatemala) was delivered to the JAXA at Tsukuba Space Center by the satellite development team.

Satellite development team of the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and JAXA researchers around the CubeSat "Quetzal-1" (Credit: JAXA)

Satlantis delivered a payload "iSIM" to JAXA for foreign private company's first i-SEEP mission in early spring 2020 (December 27, 2019)

On December 16, 2019, Space BD Inc. delivered the payload Integrated Standard Imager for Microsatellites (iSIM) to be mounted on Kibo's Exposed Facility (EF) as a IVA-replaceable Small Exposed Experiment Platform (i-SEEP) payload to JAXA at the Tsukuba Space Center. Operation preparation have been started for a technical demonstration in early spring 2020.

First-ever Commercial CubeSat "G-SATELLITE", Handed over to JAXA (January 9, 2020)

On December 5, 2019, G-SATELLITE, to be the first commercial CubeSat from the ISS Kibo, was delivered to JAXA at Tsukuba Space Center by Space BD Inc., who is one of the first commercial entities to provide CubeSat deployment service from Kibo.

Report from Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) at the 26th APRSAF, in Japan (January 22, 2020)

The 26th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-26) was successfully convened in Nagoya, Japan from November 26 to 29, 2019. The Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) was co-chaired by Dr. Damrongrit Niammuad from GISTDA and Ms. Shiho OGAWA from JAXA.

Report from Kibo-ABC Workshop at the 26th APRSAF in Japan (January 22, 2020)

The Kibo-ABC workshop, co-chaired by Mr. Mohd Helmy Hashim from MYSA and Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki from JAXA was held on November 25 in Nagoya, Japan. It was organized under the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG), and the 26th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-26).

JAXA's No.79 Web Version (January 27, 2020)

- Viewing from Cosmic Perspectives / Space Food
- Business Development and Industrial Relations Department / Launch of "The Space Frontier KIBO"
And so on.

Kibo-RPC News: JAXA briefed with NASA astronauts about the 1st Kibo-RPC (February 14, 2020)

The 1st Kibo-RPC on-orbit event is scheduled for September 2020. The winners of the Preliminary Round in each country can participate in the final round in the on-orbit event, which will be connected with the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center. As part of the preparation for Kibo-RPC, JAXA gave an overview of Kibo-RPC to two NASA astronauts, Astronaut Christopher John Cassidy and Astronaut Stephen Bowen.

Australian Space Agency joined Kibo-ABC initiative! (March 6, 2020)

The Kibo-ABC secretariat have received a letter from the Australian Space Agency that expresses their wish to participate in the Kibo-ABC initiative. All Kibo-ABC members officially confirmed on the 3rd of October 2019 for Australia to join the initiative.

2. JAXA Astronauts Activities

JAXA Astronaut Soichi Noguchi
In July 2019, as he was released from his backup crew assignment for Soyuz 59S with its successful launch, he is training to board a United States Crew Vehicle (USCV) while he continues to train for an ISS expedition crew.
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Astronaut Noguchi's Twitter:

JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide
In March 2018, he was assigned as the ISS Expedition crew. Please visit his Twitter:

Astronaut Hoshide's Twitter:

3. Recommended Photos

We introduce hot Photos from the JAXA Digital Archives.

Next issue will be around the July, 2020.

Publisher: Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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