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Report from Kibo-ABC Workshop at the 26th APRSAF in Japan

Last Updated: 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.

Co-Chairs of Kibo-ABC WS (Left: Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki, Right: Mr. Mohd Helmy Hashim) (Credit: JAXA)

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). Thirty-two participants from eighteen organizations in ten countries/region attended. While Kibo-ABC initiative members are continuing the monthly WEB meeting, this workshop also provided opportunities for face-to-face meetings.

Kibo-ABC Workshop at APRSAF-26 (Credit: JAXA)

Various ongoing programs of Kibo-ABC member countries were actively discussed at the meeting. One of the highlight activities was a new program of Kibo utilization for Kibo-ABC countries "Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC)". This event is held under the framework of the Japan-US Open Platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3), using Int-Ball (Kibo's internal drone) and Astrobee (NASA's robot). A Kibo-RPC event will be scheduled for ISS/Kibo in the fall of 2020. First, the JAXA staff explained the JAXA vision of space robots from the viewpoint of robotics, and an overview of Kibo-RPC. Next, NASA staff introduced the Astrobee used in this Kibo-RPC. Next, Kibo-RPC secretariat staff introduced the simulation used in Kibo-RPC, and the staff of the University of Tokyo gave a demonstration of the simulation environment. Finally, Kibo-RPC Secretariat staff explained about the planning of Kibo-RPC and the preliminary round to be held in each country. As a result, many participants were able to deepen their understanding of the Kibo-RPC event and Astrobee. Each presentation received many questions from the participants, and active discussions were held and comments were made with interest in the Kibo-RPC event.

Kibo-ABC Workshop at APRSAF-26 (Credit: JAXA)

Active discussions for Asian Herb in Space (AHiS) and Asian Try Zero-G (ATZG) were conducted as well. In the AHiS session, the presenter showed and explained the actual herbs grown in the cultivation container to the Kibo ABC members.

AHiS cultivation container (Credit: JAXA)

The result of this workshop was reported at the plenary session of the APRSAF-26 on November 28, 2019.

Program [PDF: 71KB]

Summary Report [PDF: 1.3 MB]

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