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Achievements of "The 1st Space Exploration and Kibo Utilization for Asia Workshop"

Last Updated: June 30, 2015

The 1st Space Exploration and Kibo Utilization for Asia Workshop was successfully held on May 28, 2015, at LAPAN Headquarters, Jakarta, Indonesia. From related ministries and agencies, research institutions, space related corporations, and 15 organizations, approximately 100 participants attended the workshop and filled the Dirgantara Hall of LAPAN HQ to its maximum capacity.

To summarize the outcome of the workshop, it was agreed that LAPAN jointly with JAXA would strive for expanding the number of researchers in research institutes in Indonesia and enhancing cooperation between related organizations. Among the action items agreed is to have a concrete discussion during the feasibility study meeting, about the four research themes (see table below), with the researchers for each theme.

Workshop Summary [PDF: 1.4MB]

The workshop concluded with the participants stressing on the importance of discussing the feasibility, purpose, and significance of research for space experiments. They also affirmed the importance of cooperation between the dynamic researchers' community toward conducting space experiments. Following the successful conclusion of this workshop, JAXA decided to move toward maximum utilization of the Kibo facility, along with other Asia-Pacific countries, by securing the opportunity for space experiments among cooperating nations.

It was a great honor for us that the enormous success of this workshop and gratitude for JAXA's contribution, as reported from Indonesia, found mention in the recent UN COPUOS statement.

Dr. Kuninaka's presentation (0m 41s)

Dr. Hitoshi Kuninaka from JAXA informed the researchers in Indonesia about the space achievements and the scientific significance of an Asteroid Explorer "HAYABUSA" (MUSES-C) and "Hayabusa 2," and Selenological and Engineering Explorer "KAGUYA" (SELENE), both developed by JAXA. He also updated the participants on the developments at other International Space Exploration Workshops, while mooting the idea of Innovation Hub for space exploration where researchers from Asia-Pacific could exchange ideas and technical skills in space research.

Kibo Utilization Workshop [PDF: 84KB]

Four researchers from four different research areas from Indonesia had reported the status of their research activities and future plans, which are mentioned in the table below. JAXA/Kibo status activities, included the next ISS crew, JAXA astronaut Mr. Kimiya Yui mission and Kibo experiment device developer highlighted the development of facilities for space experiments as well as the trends in human space exploration to Indonesian researchers and engineers, to enhance their understanding of Kibo facilities.

Agricultural experiment research

Banana Ripening Study on 3D Clinostat [PDF: 7.5MB]
Dr. Fenny M. Dwivany, Dr. Rizkita Rahmi Esyanti and Dr. Ramadhani Eka Putra, ITB
Results of the 3D Clinostat experiments showed that the ripening would be delayed due to the microgravity environment. The researchers would like to use the Kibo facility to conduct in-flight experiments and to assess the impact of microgravity in the ripening of fruits.

Science and engineering experiment

Development of Nano Satellite for Education and opportunity to use Kibo space lab
[PDF: 2.5MB]
Dr. Riza Muhida, Surya University
The research involves acquiring skills to develop satellite operating system and applications by using telecommunication test between on-orbit NanoSat and two ground stations.

Medical science research

Exploring Biomedical research possibilities in ISS/Kibo [PDF: 2.2MB]
Dr. Farah Coutrier, Eijkman Institute
This research is a control experiment of mouse infected by malaria parasite on the ground and in-flight. Suggestion to vaccine study and development of curative medicine are expected from this research.

Physics and materials science research

Materials Science Research Composites and its application [PDF: 4.3MB]
Prof. Anne Zulfia, University of Indonesia
Introduction of the characteristics and usage of metal aluminum based composite material in microgravity environment.

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