Sep 25, 2018

JAXA Space Science and Technology Lectures kick off



Rikkyo University's College of Science and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are holding a series of lectures to give Rikkyo University students opportunities to learn about space science from scientists directly involved in space development projects. The university and JAXA hope these “JAXA Space Science and Technology Lectures” will help foster qualified professionals with deep understanding and scholarship about space science.

At the first lecture on September 21, Professor Hitoshi Kuninaka, director general of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science and a JAXA director, described JAXA's history and role, and the rapid advancement of global space development. He also discussed the research, development and use of electric rockets and other specialized topics.

The College of Science students in attendance listened keenly to Kuninaka's lecture, which also touched on the vision that guides Japan's space exploration endeavors, which are mainly carried out by JAXA.

JAXA personnel will also give the coming lectures.

Outline of the JAXA Space Science and Technology Lectures

1) Course title: JAXA Space Science and Technology Lectures (College of Science course)
2) Summary: JAXA researchers who have worked on cutting-edge solar system exploration and space observation projects will discuss the latest space-related scientific achievements and the technologies. The lectures will also incorporate historical perspectives, social relevance, and the application of basic physics.
3) Course plans:
1. Guidance (introduction to JAXA and mission process), 2. Observation of auroras and magnetospheres, 3. Solar observations, 4. Attitude control for research satellites, 5. Thermal design for research satellites, 6. Optical and infrared astronomy and observations of extrasolar planets, 8. Exploration of the solar system (1) Orbit planning, 9. Exploration of the solar system (2) Probes by planetary orbiters, 10. Exploration of the solar system (3) Probes by landing crafts, 11. Exploration of the Solar System (4) Moon probes, 12. Exploration of the Solar System (5) Hayabusa2, 13. Future programs in space science, 14. How space science relates to society

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