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ISS R&D Conference 2018

Last Updated: August 24, 2018

ISS Research & Development (R&D) Conference 2018 was held on July 23 to 26, 2018 at San Francisco. JAXA is participating this conference every year.

「ISS R&D Conference 2018」 Results

Date July 23(Mon.)-26(Thur.), 2018
Venue San Francisco, CA, USA
Host NASA, CASIS(*1), AAS(*2), and 25 sponsors companies
Participants More than 900 people participated in total

※1 CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space

※2 AAS: American Astronautical Society

Major main sessions

ISS Transition and the Commercialization of LEO - A Government Perspective

Audience Approx. 150 people
  • Prof. Hansjörg Dittus / Executive Board Member, DLR
  • Robyn Gatens / Deputy Director, International Space Station, NASA (moderator)
  • Dr. David Parker / Director of Human and Robotic Exploration, ESA
  • Sam Scimemi / Director, International Space Station, NASA
  • Dr. Koichi Wakata / Vice President and Director General, Human Spaceflight Technology, JAXA

Government agencies introduced their approaches to ISS Transition and low Earth orbit (LEO) commercialization, discussing activity plans and problems for operations, research, and development in LEO.
Dr. Wakata, Director General, JAXA, introduced a vision of expanding commercialization centered on four platforms for "Kibo" utilization and then development of business in LEO led by private companies for various forms of use and purposes in the future, and new activities of JAXA Space Innovation through Partnership and Co-creation (J-SPARC) which JAXA has been engaged in since this fiscal year.

Scimemi, ISS Director, NASA commented on ISS commercialization, "NASA itself has not yet fully decided what to do with the ISS program in the future and the international partnership which has been built until today. However, in the end, we will work toward operating an on-orbit platform to continue research and development in LEO with private investment."

Updates on U.S. Civil Space Policy

Audience Approx. 150 people
  • Jeff Bingham / Senior Advisor (Retired), U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (moderator)
  • Dr. Mary Lynne Dittmar / President and CEO, Coalition for Deep Space Exploration
  • Eric Stallmer / President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • James Uthmeier / Counsel and Special Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

Upon the three consecutive issuance of Space Policy Directive by President Trump during six months from the end of last year (on Dec. 11, 2017, May 24, and June 18, 2018), panelists in the session discussed the trend of space policies.
Panelists generally commented as follows: "private and public players should not compete but cooperate in space development"; "The policies of President Trump is America first, not America alone"; and "To reduce costs for access to space is most essential to LEO commercialization and we are ready to discuss with industries what the government can do to promote access to LEO and its utilization".

Technical Session

【Activities by JAXA】

Japan made six presentations on "Kibo" utilization at Technical Session, (five presentations by JAXA and one by experiment proposer) and disseminated the information on JP-US OP3 cooperation along with outcomes of "Kibo" utilization, which drew participants' attention to the outcome and future prospect and had a question-and-answer session about the following.

  • "Kibo" utilization strategy and its result
  • The overview of the Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) and its experiment result
  • Approach in onerous Exposed Facility (EF) utilization
  • Outline of the Drug-design supporting platform and its experiment result and service
  • Overview of Int-Ball and future human space technology development plan
  • Result of the first mission using Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU)


  • At the venue, experiment unit models and explanatory panels of utilization service were on display at JAXA booth for three days and JAXA personnel introduced "Kibo" utilization to visitors.
  • Space agencies except JAXA, such as NASA and DLR had displays, while private companies, including many ventures such as Sierra Nevada Corporation and NanoRacks as well as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Airbus, long-established aeronautics companies had displays at their booths (31 in total).

JAXA booth

Short lecture at JAXA booth

Exhibit area

【Two Japanese teams win 2018 ISS Award for Compelling Results!】

The experiment using Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU) and the result of CALET's high energy cosmic-ray observation by JAXA were highly evaluated and won 2018 ISS Award for Compelling Results. Japan has been awarded for experiment results for three consecutive years. This year, Japan received two among the seven awards.

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