Cobham Space Grade Products Launch Aboard the Flying Laptop Satellite

Cobham’s products and services contributed to the recent successful deployment of the “Flying Laptop” Satellite.

Arlington, Virginia Cobham’s products and services contributed to the recent successful deployment on July 14, 2017, of the “Flying Laptop” Satellite developed at the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) at the University of Stuttgart in Germany.  Cobham’s Standard Products, Single Board Computer and custom developed FPGA were critical contributors to the design of the “Flying Laptop.”  The satellite program came to fruition through various German funding partners, in partnership with several industry leaders, including Cobham Gaisler and Cobham Semiconductor Solutions. 

The objectives of the 110kg class “Flying Laptop” satellite, in addition to scientific earth surveillance, are the test and verification of new technologies, including a new on-board computer system, a new power management system designed by Airbus Defense & Space, and an innovative unfolding mechanism for the solar panels, as well as diverse new payload components. 

Cobham Semiconductor Solutions provided an off- the-shelf UT699 LEON 3FT 3U Single Board Computer (SBC) which is the main processor function within the Onboard Computer (OBC) System. Cobham was the only supplier to offer a solution that was suitable for the program, not only due to its processing capability and interfaces, but in particular for its small size, low weight and low power. The LEON 3FT processor was ideal for this satellite’s application based on its radiation performance and reliability. The built-in SpaceWire interfaces of the processor were uniquely suited for the intra-system communication and control of the satellite.  Besides the LEON 3FT processor, other standard components from Cobham on the SBC were an 80Mbit SRAM memory, the Eclipse FPGA and various Clock products.

“Cobham Semiconductor Solutions leveraged our capabilities across the entire business unit including our Integrated Circuits, Board Level Design and Circuit Card Assembly with our LEON Single Board Computer for the “Flying Laptop” program,” said Michelle Mundie, Director-Standard Products.  “We are very excited for the Institute of Space Systems (IRS) and the various staff and PhD students who contributed over the years to the success of the program.”

“Cobham Gaisler delivered the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) Telemetry Encoder and Telecommand Decoder FPGA,” said Sandi Habinc, General Manager.  “The custom designed FPGA implements the complete CCSDS telemetry encoder and telecommand decoder functionality of the “Flying Laptop” and communicates with the Single Board Computer through multiple SpaceWire links using the RMAP protocol. The FPGA design has been based on our standard library of synthesizable Intellectual Property cores. Cobham Gaisler has a very unique set of pre-verified cores that can be configured to implement custom CCSDS solutions for FPGA and ASICs, saving both time and effort for the customer.” 

“The launch from Kazakhstan went smoothly and at the first opportunity, which was approximately 40 minutes after separation from the upper stage, the “Flying Laptop” connected to the ground station in Weilheim Germany and the team in Stuttgart downloaded the first telemetry to the satellite and was able to submit the first commands”, said Jens Eickhoff, of both IRS and Airbus Defense & Space Friedrichshafen, a key Advisor and Professor to many of the students who have worked on the program. “Since then, the satellite has shown exemplary performance. In fact, because of the great support and excellent cooperation with Cobham, a second generation “Flying Laptop” satellite platform, called the “Flexible LEO Platform 2”, is planned.”

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Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions supplies defense, aerospace, security, medical, and industrial markets. 

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Atlas V • NROL-52

ULA Atlas V dill deliver classified payload for U.S. National Reconnaissance Office from SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Using 421 configuration (2 boosters, 4 m fairing and single RL-10 engine installed at Centaur upper stage) points that payload could be Satellite Data System (SDS) series satellite.

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[ISS / Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO)] UNOOSA and JAXA open Third round of KiboCUBE

Topics 2017

December 2017

Dec. 17, 2017 Updated
Soyuz launched with Astronaut Kanai onboard

Dec. 8, 2017 Updated
Epsilon-3/ASNARO-2 new launch date decided!

JAXA has updated the launch date of the Epsilon-3 which encapsulates the ASNARO-2. The Epsilon-3 launch, originally scheduled for November 12, 2017, was postponed as its electrical system needed further confirmation. JAXA has identified and taken countermeasures against the factor that delayed the launch. The new launch date will be January 17, 2018.

Epsilon-3/ASNARO-2 new launch date decided!

November 2017

Nov. 17, 2017 Updated
JAXA and VNSC sign a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Public Affairs

On November 17, Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) and JAXA have agreed to cooperate in the field of Public Affairs.
JAXA will provide scale models to be exhibited at Vietnam Space Museum, which is under construction in Hao Lac Hi-tech Park in Hanoi. JAXA will also provide advice to VNSC on the museum exhibit and the operation of the museum.
Vietnam and Japan have close cooperative partnerships up to present in many fields, such as remote sensing satellites and applications, space experiments in “Kibo” and development and deployment of small satellites.
Today, new collaboration starts in the field of public affairs. JAXA would like to foster communication between VNSC and JAXA through this cooperation. We believe such efforts would further strengthen the collaboration with Vietnam, which shall lead to even closer and prospering Vietnam-Japan relationship.

JAXA and VNSC sign a Cooperation Agreement in the field of Public Affairs

Nov. 7, 2017 Updated
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew!

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi was selected as a crew member of the International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 62/63. He will stay at the ISS for about six months from December 2019.
The ISS Expedition 62/63 will be the third spaceflight for Astronaut Noguchi. He was launched as a mission specialist (MS) aboard the Space Shuttle for its Return to Flight mission in July 2005 after selected as a JAXA astronaut in 1996, and also worked on board the ISS for 161 days as a flight engineer of the ISS Expedition 22/23 after launched as the first Japanese left-seater for the Soyuz spacecraft in December 2009.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi Selected as Member of ISS Expedition Crew!

October 2017

Oct. 27, 2017 Updated
H-IIA F37 with SHIKISAI/TSUBAME onboard to be launched on December 23

Oct. 19, 2017 Updated
The 30th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers

On October 16 through 20, 2017, the thirtieth Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers will be held in Toulouse, France.
Astronaut Soichi Noguchi and Astronaut Takuya Ohnishi representing Japan, will be among approximately a hundred attending astronauts and members. The Planetary Congress, organized by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE), is annually convened to promote the exchange of space flight experiences in different cities of ASE host countries.

Image: The 30th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers, Toulouse, France

*Astronaut Noguchi, elected as ASE president in 2014, is in charge of organizing the thirtieth Planetary Congress.

The 30th Planetary Congress of the Association of Space Explorers

Oct. 10, 2017 Updated
Success of H-IIA F36 Launch with MICHIBIKI-4 Aboard

September 2017

Sep. 26, 2017 Updated
UNOOSA and JAXA open Third round of KiboCUBE

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, UNOOSA, launched a three year “KiboCUBE” programme in September 2015, which offered developing countries the opportunity to deploy small satellites from Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” on the International Space Station (ISS). This initiative aims to contribute to the technological advancement of space activities in developing countries, and its first and second round of applications have been conducted until now.
In the “Four Actions of Science and Technology Diplomacy to Implement the SDGs” produced under the Advisory Board for Promotion of Science and Technology Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), it is noted that the deployment of small satellites from Kibo will support the space technological development for emerging and developing countries. KiboCUBE is expected to also contribute to the achievement of the SDGs.
On September 26, JAXA held a media briefing with UNOOSA in the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) at Adelaide, Australia. During the briefing, there was an announcement of the third round of KiboCUBE along with introduction of the programme.

Photo: Media Briefing at IAC 2017 in Adelaide September 26, 2017
Dr. Koichi Wakata, ISS Program Manager in JAXA (left), Mr. Luis Zea, Coordinators of the Project in Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (center), and Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA (right)

UNOOSA and JAXA open Third round of KiboCUBE

Sep. 12, 2017 Updated
T-8 weeks+, ASNARO-2/Epsilon 3 Launch on November 12

JAXA announces that the Epsilon 3 launch encapsulating the second Advance Satellite with New System Architecture for Observation (ASNARO-2) is scheduled on November 12, 2017. The launch window is 6 a.m. through 6:35 a.m., in Japan Standard time.
Epsilon launch is not new – the proceeding two were sent up to space. Epsilon 3 has had improved its mechanism for satellite separation. Preparation for the launch is underway.
On the day of the launch, there will be live feed from the JAXA Uchinoura Space Center. The details soon will begin to come out.

T-8 weeks+, ASNARO-2/Epsilon 3 Launch on November 12

Sep. 8, 2017 Updated
KIBO Space Mouse Experiment Published on Scientific Reports

JAXA conducted a long-term experiment on mice under two different gravitational conditions – microgravity (μg) and artificial earth-gravity (1 g). This was JAXA’s first attempt using the newly developed mouse habitat cage units installed in the Centrifuge-equipped Biological Experiment Facility (Images) in the KIBO Experiment Module aboard the International Space Station. Following their 35-day habitation in space, JAXA, in collaboration with Tsukuba University and other academic institutions went through the analysis of the bone density and muscle mass of the space mice brought back to the Earth. μg mice experienced significant decreases in their bone density and muscle weights, which were not present in artificial 1 g mice. These data indicate that gravity determines the general body structure of animals. This result was derived through the comparison of the effects of altered gravitational conditions alone, eliminating other variations. At 10 a.m. (U.K. time), September 7, “Scientific Reports”, an online journal from the publishers of “Nature” published this research. The findings will advance space exploration and elucidate the evolutional process of animals on Earth, where the gravity is a principle force.

KIBO Space Mouse Experiment Published on Scientific Reports

August 2017

Aug. 19, 2017 Updated
Success of H-IIA F35 Launch with MICHIBIKI-3 Aboard

Jul. 25, 2017 Updated
ALOS-2 Captures Massive Iceberg’s Breakoff from Antarctica

On July 12, 2017, an iceberg split off from Antarctica’s Larsen C iceberg. With use of ALOS-2’s wide-area observatory mode, JAXA was able to capture the entire calving image.
Larsen C, a floating platform of glacial ice on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula, is among the largest ice shelves ringing Earth’s southernmost continent. The breakage, taking a chunk of its mass away from the Larsen C area, is now a matter of particular interest to glaciologists around the world, as it could also contribute to sea level rise.
In the past, partial fractures occurred in the area. However, the last calving event is incomparably massive, possibly causing the glaciers to accelerate that flow into Larsen C and more rifts to grow.
JAXA will continue the ALOS-2 operations to monitor the area.

ALOS-2 Captures Massive Iceberg's Breakoff from Antarctica

Jul. 14, 2017 Updated

JAXA announced the month-long project to invite the public to rename the Global Change Observation Mission – Climate (GCOM-C) and the Super Low Altitude Test Satellite (SLATS), both to launch together this fiscal year. After careful examination of the 12,895 applications, SHIKISAI, meaning colors in Japanese has been chosen as new name of GCOM-C, and likewise, TSUBAME, or swallow, of SLATS.
JAXA is sincerely grateful for the applications.
JAXA will update the SHIKISAI and TSUBAME missions. Continuous support by all is cordially appreciated.


Jul. 12, 2017 Updated
Send EPSILON-3 up to Space with Cheer

JAXA is inviting all to write notes to cheer on the project members and the mission of Epsilon-3, to be launched this fiscal year.
The project members of the past series of Epsilon launches have drawn strength from the similar campaigns.
The notes sent to JAXA will be printed as part of the decal (sticker) attached to the body of the launch vehicle. JAXA appreciates the positive participation by many.

Application Deadline: 5 pm (JST), August 7, 2017
*The deadline has been changed.

Send EPSILON-3 up to Space with Cheer

Jun. 13, 2017 Updated
KIBO Experiment Video Is up on Government’s Innovation Japan Website

The video of protein crystallization is up on Innovation Japan, Cabinet Secretariat’s website – conducted by JAXA’s astronaut Takuya Onishi in KIBO module on his last long term International Space Station expedition. JAXA’s strategic partnership with Japanese biopharma, PeptiDream Inc. has been crystallized into this innovative experiment under near zero G.
It is part of JAXA’s endeavor to help advance pharmaceutical research – our technology, business partnership and the hard-earned results are pushing back the frontiers in medicine.

KIBO Experiment Video Is up on Government's Innovation Japan Website

Jun. 1, 2017 Updated
Success of H-IIA F34 Launch with MICHIBIKI-2 Aboard

May 25, 2017 Updated
Freeze-Dried Spermatozoa Preserved in KIBO Reproduces World’s First Space Mouse

Sayaka Wakayama (Advanced Biotechnology Center, University of Yamanashi), Teruhiko Wakayama (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Yamanashi), Sachiko Yano (Space Environment Utilization Center, JAXA) and other researchers examined the damage that irradiation causes to mouse spermatozoa held in Japanese KIBO experiment module aboard the International Space Station. Using freeze-dried spermatozoa, the research team produced healthy offspring, and thus accomplished the unprecedented feat in biological sciences.
Their results were nominated in “In This Issue” of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, and were published on the website on May 22, USA time/ at 4 am, May 23, Japan time.

Freeze-Dried Spermatozoa Preserved in KIBO Reproduces World’s First Space Mouse

March 2017

Mar. 31, 2017 Updated
LE-9 Engine Assembled, Shipped for Testing

On March 31, in Tanegashima Space Center, LE-9 engine for the new H3 type of launch vehicles was installed on the facility’s firing test stand used for liquid fuel boosters. The test schedule will be available on the website as soon as determined.

LE-9 Engine Assembled, Shipped for Testing

Mar. 29, 2017 Updated
Arase off to Science Operations Phase

JAXA confirmed completion of the commissioning phase of ARASE, formerly known as ERG, Exploration of energization and Radiation in Geospace. ARASE has entered its science operations phase. The call was made as the following procedure took place as scheduled and was confirmed; the satellite post launch orbital systems are in place, their functions are determined as fine, all monitoring instruments are installed, and the motions of the monitoring equipment are checked.
ARASE is in good condition, with all its onboard apparatus for science observations performing well since activated.

Arase off to Science Operations Phase

Mar. 24, 2017 Updated
Tanegashima Space Museum to Reopen

On March 26, Tanegashima space museum will reopen after its first renovation in 20 years. Among its new attractions are Liftoff Theater where visitors watch dynamic rocket launches, Kibo Photo Spot where photos can be taken that resemble zero gravity, and Rocket Garage where H-II Rocket No. 7 and other launch vehicles are on display.
The exhibition space of Masuda Tracking and Communication Station has also been updated.
JAXA cordially welcomes visitors.

Tanegashima Space Museum to Reopen

Mar. 23, 2017 Updated
Continued Record Low Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

Global sea ice extent hit record low, according to observations from Shizuku on Global Change Observation Mission on January 14, 2017. It is all time low in the history of GCOM-W operation that started in 1978, JAXA continues operation of Shizuku and GCOM-C and monitoring arctic sea ice extent, off the coast of Greenland Sea and the rest of the arctic circle.
Related information is also available at the following links:

Continued Record Low Antarctic Sea Ice Extent

February 2017

Feb. 22, 2017 Updated
QZS-1 off to the Cabinet Office’s Control

Feb. 21, 2017 Updated
GCOM-W: Sea Ice Hits Record Low

Global sea ice extent hit record low, according to observations from Shizuku on Global Change Observation Mission on January 14, 2017. It is all time low in the history of satellite operation that started in 1978, JAXA continues operation of Shizuku and GCOM-C and monitoring arctic sea ice extent, off the coast of Greenland Sea and the rest of the arctic circle.
Related information is also available at the following links:

GCOM-W: Sea Ice Hits Record Low

Feb. 6, 2017 Updated
KOUNOTORI6 completed its mission with re-entry!

The KOUNOTORI6 (HTV6, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station) left the ISS on Jan. 28 and re-entered the atmosphere at around 0:06 a.m. on Feb. 6 (Japan Standard Time.)
KOUNOTORI6 successfully completed its cargo supply mission to the ISS.

KOUNOTORI6 completed its mission with re-entry!

January 2017

Jan. 16, 2017 Updated
Successful deployment of six CubeSats delivered by KOUNOTORI6

On January 16, 2017, from 6:10 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. (Japan time), a total of six microsatellites abroad HTV6 were successfully deployed into orbit from the Japanese Experiment Module (“Kibo”).
These CubeSats were discharged on December 9 aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle KOUNOTORI6 and arrived at the ISS on December 14 ,2016.
On December 19, STARS-C CubeSat was also deployed from KIBO.

Successful deployment of six CubeSats delivered by KOUNOTORI6

Jan. 11, 2017 Updated
Completion of KIKU No. 8 Operation

At 3:25 p.m., (Japan Standard Time) January 10, 2017, JAXA terminated its Engineering Test Satellite-VIII KIKU No.8 (ETS-III) transmission, thus brought a closure to the satellite’s operation.
KIKU No. 8 was built for demonstration and experiment, with the purpose of improvement of mobile communications system. When Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011 broke out, the satellite did the much needed service of providing the internet access for the afflicted region.
Launched on December 18, 2006, KIKU No. 8 marked its 3-year mission period and on December 18, 2016, completed its 10-year design life. The satellite’s fuel ran low that controlled its attitude and orbit after the decade long operation. In addition, an outdated satellite lying in space can undermine the operation of others. Therefore JAXA made a call to discontinue using the probe. KIKU No. 8 was thrown out of its stationary orbit and ceased to function.

Completion of KIKU No. 8 Operation

Updates 2017

[ISS / Japanese Experiment Module (KIBO)] JAXA and NASA hold their second workshop on ISS utilization!

JAXA and NASA hold their second workshop on ISS utilization!

Last Updated: September 26, 2017

As part of the Japan-US Open Platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3*), a joint effort uniting the governments of Japan and the United States, JAXA and NASA held a workshop on International Space Station (ISS) utilization on July 17. The workshops provide a forum for showcasing a variety of topics, such as the utilization strategies and achievements of JAXA and NASA and the experimentation environments available at both research organizations, to help generate and maximize the benefits of utilizing the Kibo module and the ISS as a whole.

*The governments of Japan and the United States signed an agreement in December 2015 to launch JP-US OP3, a new collaborative framework for the extension of ISS operations through 2024.

Rundown of the JAXA/NASA joint workshop

Date: July 17 (Mon.), 2017
Location: Washington, DC (USA)
Participants: Approximately 200 participants, mostly potential users from the United States

JAXA/NASA joint workshop (Credit: JAXA)

(from left) Takashi Hamazaki (Vice President, Director General, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate, JAXA), William Gerstenmaier (Associate Administrator, NASA), Marybeth Edeen (Research Integration Office Manager, NASA), Kazuyuki Tasaki (Head of the Kibo Utilization Center, JAXA), Kunihiro Matsumoto (Senior Technician, JEM Small Satellite On-orbit Deployer) (Credit: JAXA)


At the workshop, the second in a series that began last year, JAXA’s Takashi Hamazaki (Vice President, Director General, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate) and NASA’s William Gerstenmaier (Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate) voiced their expectations that the JAXA/NASA utilization partnership would continue to accelerate and produce outstanding results. The two also spoke about hopes for more opportunities for expanded utilization as the collaborative utilization community continues to develop. (*See below for full transcripts of the addresses

NASA presentation (summary)

NASA expressed its gratitude that the JP-US OP3 gives US users access to unique JAXA experimentation facilities that previously have been unavailable for NASA use. Moving forward, the NASA spokesperson explained, both JAXA and NASA need to work to create more opportunities for utilization in hopes of maximizing the benefits coming from the ISS.

JAXA presentation (summary)
  1. JAXA successfully completed its first mice-based testing via newly developed equipment capable of generating partial-g environments.
    Under this special arrangement between Japan and the United States, access provision is taking a higher priority.
  2. JAXA is also working on outboard equipment. One approach involves providing paid access to an experiment platform (featuring a mid-size exposure experiment adapter, simplified exposure experiment system, and the JEM Small Satellite On-orbit Deployer) that delivers high-frequency performance in small and mid-size applications to make the Exposed Facility more user-friendly.

Rundown of the ISS R&D Conference

Dates: July 18 (Tue.)-20 (Thu.), 2017
Location: Washington, DC (USA)
Sponsors: NASA, CASIS*1, and AAS*2
Participants: 1,035 registered participants over three days (compared to approximately 700 last year)

*1: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (an American NPO)
*2: American Astronautical Society

ISS R&D Conference (Credit: JAXA)


  1. Plenary panel (approximately 300 participants)
    • Speakers: 4
      NASA: Kirk Shireman (ISS Program Manager)
      CASIS: Greg Johnson (Executive Director)
      AAS: Carol Lane (President)
      US Representative Brian Babin (Member of Congress)
    • Details:
      The gathering gave new users information on the outcomes and merits of ISS utilization and fostered discussions about efforts to maximize the benefits of the ISS.
  2. Japan’s JEM Small Satellite On-orbit Deployer Team wins an ISS Research Award!
    The event featured a total of seven presentations, including several technical sessions, providing attendees with information on Kibo utilization benefits and Japan-US collaboration under the JP-US OP3 arrangement. The JEM Small Satellite On-orbit Deployer platform, which uses JAXA’s Kibo module, took home one of eight ISS Research Awards. Japanese projects have now garnered ISS Research Awards for two consecutive years.

    <ISS Research Award>

I. JEM Small Satellite On-orbit Deployer(J-SSOD)

Winner: Kunihiro Matsumoto (JAXA)

Joint prize winners
– Hiroki Akagi (JAXA)
– Masaru Wada (JAXA)
– Takayuki Sato (JAXA)

Full text

Full text of the address by Takashi Hamazaki
(Vice President, Director General, Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate)

In December 2015, the Japanese and US governments announced the Japan-US Open Platform Partnership Program (JP-US OP3). OP3, which requires NASA and JAXA to develop new collaborative initiatives via ISS utilization, charges the two organizations with the task of showing the respective governments new efforts that stretch beyond the possibilities of the existing arrangement. To push OP3 ahead, we are currently at work on a new collaboration plan defining rules, guidelines, and other matters.

Last year, the ISS R&D community held a workshop for US users in an effort to propel OP3 forward. Today’s event is the second such workshop, furthering an initiative that we hope to continue with a similar gathering in Tokyo this coming November.

Since last year, JAXA has been taking advantage of Kibo’s unique capabilities to generate a variety of remarkable results. We are now promoting the use of promising components for utilization, such as our PCG and Exposed Facility.

We also successfully completed our first-ever mice-based experiments using our newly developed Mouse Habitat Unit and our very own system for creating partial-g environments. Given the importance of the new, unique Mouse Habitat Unit to Japanese researchers, we were not originally planning to give international partners access to the technology through the existing framework. Under the special OP3 arrangement between Japan and the United States, however, we are making collaborative utilization a higher priority (through fair, reciprocal exchange in accordance with the collaboration plan).

We developed i-SEEP and other unique systems to make Kibo’s Exposed Facility more user-friendly, as well. For details on these systems, which are also available for commercial use, visit booth 22.

Utilization of these onboard and outboard facilities will undoubtedly enhance the value of the ISS and produce tremendous benefits. I hope that today’s workshop accelerates Japan-US collaboration on the ISS and the Kibo module.

Full transcript of the address by NASA’s William Gerstenmaier
(Associate Administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Directorate)

Good afternoon. I’m delighted to be here today with Mr. Hamazaki and our Japanese colleagues to make some opening remarks at this second JAXA/NASA joint workshop. It is truly exciting to see so many people interested in using the ISS and understanding the unique capabilities of the Kibo module for pressurized payloads and unpressurized payloads.

The Japan-U.S. Open Platform Partnership Program, or OP3, enables U.S. investigators access to JAXA facilities that may previously have been unavailable for NASA use. Our JAXA colleagues have some very unique hardware capabilities that are not available anywhere else in the ISS partnership. These include things like as rodent centrifuges, aquatic habitats and high temperature material property testing capability. Today you will hear some details about these and other capabilities.

NASA’s priority is for joint scientific research that enables investigators to use both NASA and JAXA ISS facilities, focusing on expanded research for all, and to demonstrate the many ways we are advancing our OP3 goals. As you listen to our JAXA colleagues describe the unique facilities they bring to the ISS, be thinking about what types of questions and discoveries could be made. As we all work together to maximize the research and benefits coming from the ISS, NASA and JAXA are ready to work with the U.S. research community to enable access to these one of a kind facilities.

I want to thank our Japanese partners for making these opportunities available and hope that this partnership expands the research opportunities for all researchers. JAXA has continued to improve capabilities and access opportunities for researchers from the workshop that was held last year. Mr. Hamazaki and his team will show you through several presentations examples of the research made possible through these unique facilities. JAXA has a tremendous research capability on ISS and continuing to improve that capability.

Apply to the second round of Space3ac!

Until the 31st of October technological startups can apply to the second edition of Space3ac accelerator. Qualified companies will receive up to 135 thousand PLN for the development of their technological solutions.

Apply online via the website!

Space3ac is probably the first European accelerator which focuses on the downstream space sector. The purpose of this accelerator is to support the development of European startups in their R&D work as well as entry to the market. 

In 2017 and 2018 the Space3ac program held in Gdansk focuses on the specific theme of intermodal transportation. The theme was selected due to a rapidly rising need to “digitalize” the transportation industry and presence of two major seaports (Gdansk and Gdynia) in northern Poland, which are major stakeholders for this sector.

Participants of the first round of Space3ac / Credits - PSSE

Participants of the first round of Space3ac / Credits – PSSE

The first round under the intermodal transportation theme was held between June and August 2017. Seven startups have successfully finished that round and presented their results during a “Demo Day” event in front of investors. The Space3ac acceleration program is organised by the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone with the support from Blue Dot Solutions.

Benefits for startups

The purpose of this program is to connect the potential of creative entrepreneurs with the identified needs coming from large industry in regard to transportation activities.

Each accepted startup will receive up to 135 thousand PLN (ca. 32 thousand EUR) + additional bonus if the work is successful. This funding is equity-free, i.e. no shares are taken after the acceleration course.

Second round of Space3ac Intermodal Transportation

The new round of acceleration will last from early December 2017 to the end of February 2018. In total 160 hours of courses and trainings are predicted, both focusing on business and technical aspects of the selected projects. Topics cover business model development, pitching sessions, marketing strategies as well as satellite navigation, Earth Observation, modern computational tools and technical project management.

New industry partners have joined the program, which have created a list of challenges to be solved by startups during this acceleration course. The LOTOS Group S.A., Maritime Institute, OT Logistics, Port of Gdansk, Port of Gdynia and PZU Lab are among participating large companies. The full list of challenges is available on the website.

The acceleration will take place in Gdansk, at the premises of the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone.

How to apply?

Applications for the accelerator will be available untill the end of October via online form available at Approximately 20-25 teams will be invited to the Preparation Camp event, which will take place on the 20-21st of November. This meeting will conclude with the final selection of startups to be accelerated.

Technical and business meetings where teams will develop their products and capabilities will be organized according to the following schedule:

  • November 20-21st: Preparation Camp
  • December 2017 – February 2018: Accelerated course divided into business and technical sessions (on average every two weeks, each session lasting for 3 days.
  • 22nd of March 2018: Demo Day, end of acceleration
Participants of the first round of Space3ac / Credits - PSSE

Participants of the first round of Space3ac / Credits – PSSE

Space3ac Intermodal Transportation Accelerator is an initiative implemented by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development within the Scale UP program, based on the government program Start In Poland, financed by the European Funds Smart Growth for the years 2014-2020.

​​German federal election: capacity on four Eutelsat satellites mobilised for TV coverage by German and international media outlets

German federal election: capacity on four Eutelsat satellites mobilised for TV coverage by German and international media outlets

Paris, 21 September 2017 – Capacity on four satellites operated by Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) is mobilised by leading German and international media to cover the German federal election on Sunday 24 September which will see up to 62 million voters go to the polls.

The equivalent of 300 hours is already booked on EUTELSAT 12 West B, EUTELSAT 10A, EUTELSAT 16A and EUTELSAT 7B by customers that include Telenor Satellite and Luxembourg’s ENEX,an association of world-leading commercial broadcasters. ENEX will draw on Eutelsat capacity to deliver to its members content produced byMediengruppe RTL Deutschland, its local German partner.

Eutelsat’s Booking Centre coordinates allocation of occasional-use capacity across Eutelsat’s global fleet from minimum periods of 15 minutes, enabling media to report on sports, cultural, political and breaking news around the world.

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies.

Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location.

Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

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From stars to galaxies

Herschel’s view of new stars and molecular clouds

The bubbles and wisps portrayed in this image by ESA’s Herschel observatory reveal great turmoil in the W3/W4/W5 complex of molecular clouds and star-forming regions. Located over 6000 light-years away, in the northern constellation Cassiopeia, it is one of the best regions in which to study the life and death of massive stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

Observing the sky at far-infrared and submillimetre wavelengths from 2009 to 2013, Herschel could catch the faint glow of dust grains interspersed in these clouds. Astronomers can use this glow to trace the otherwise dark gas where star formation unfolds.

The three regions that make up the complex – W3, W4 and W5 – owe their name to astronomer Gart Westerhout, who identified them in the 1950s as the third, fourth and fifth sources of his survey of the Galaxy at radio wavelengths.

The bright, white region towards the top right of the image, hosting three brilliant spots, is W3, a giant molecular cloud containing one of the most active factories of massive stars in the outer Milky Way. For its star-making activity, the cloud draws from a total reservoir of raw material equivalent to several hundred thousand times the mass of our Sun.

The large, blue-greenish cavity to the lower left of W3 is W4, a bubble carved by winds and supernova explosions of the massive stars in IC1805, the star-forming region at its core.

The other large cavity, on the left side of the image, is W5, consisting of two adjacent bubbles powered by intense winds and explosions of the massive stars that are coming to life in several stellar nurseries nestled within this region.

Many seeds of new stars in this complex, especially in W3 and W5, have been observed along pillars, edges and other features that are being sculpted in the cloud material by the mighty effects of nearby massive stars. This suggests that each generation of stars is triggering the formation of the next one.

While these regions are prime locations to study the poorly understood processes that lead to the formation of massive stars, they also host large amounts of young, low-mass stars, providing astronomers with an extraordinary laboratory to investigate the full complexity of star formation in the Milky Way.

This two-colour image combines Herschel observations at 70 microns (cyan) and 100 microns (orange), and spans about 8.4° by 2.9°; north is up and east to the left.

The Herschel Space Observatory was launched on 14 May 2009 and observed the sky for almost four years, until its coolant ran out on 29 April 2013.

Full story: How Herschel unlocked the secrets of star formation

Credits: ESA/Herschel/NASA/JPL-Caltech; acknowledgement: R. Hurt (JPL-Caltech), CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

[release] DLR-JAXA Joint Statement concerning the bilateral cooperation

DLR-JAXA Joint Statement
concerning the bilateral cooperation

September 20, 2017 (JST)

National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) held the Inter-Agency Meeting to strengthen and deepen the bilaterall cooperation, on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund’s visit to Japan. JAXA and DLR announced the joint statement concerning the result of the meeting and the establishment of the joint working groups to discuss the new collaborative areas, in the joint press briefing after the meeting.

Dr. Naoki Okumura, President of JAXA
Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of Executive Board

Prof. Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chair of Executive Board (left) and JAXA President Naoki Okumura (right)

DLR-JAXA Joint Statement

Germany and Japan have been working together on space and aeronautics activities for more than 30 years. To strengthen this cooperation, the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V. (German Aerospace Center, DLR) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) signed an ‘Inter Agency Arrangement for Strategic Partnership’ in February 2016. This collaboration is aimed at promoting the development and utilization of aerospace technologies to solve global societal challenges, as well as furthering their substantial joint work in research and development projects and missions, through the synergy of German-Japanese cooperation, thereby making both countries more competitive. Today DLR and JAXA reiterate their willingness to consider further joint efforts, specifically in the three areas as follows:

  1. Both organizations are jointly willing to improve the accuracy of satellite Green House Gasses (GHG) data and promote its applications, that will contribute to government-level efforts and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) discussions against the global climate change issues, thereby contributing to the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement.
  2. Both organizations also intend to make the maximum use of micro-gravity environments, including those obtained onboard the International Space Station (ISS). There are also plans in place to explore the possibilities of potential future collaborations in space exploration beyond the Low Earth Orbit. The upcoming 2nd International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2), which is to be hosted by the Government of Japan on 3rd March 2018, will be an important venue, allowing views to be exchanged on facilitating a productive dialogue about international cooperation for space exploration.
  3. Both organizations are investigating the possibility of further bilateral collaboration in the field of planetary science. A symbolic DLR-JAXA collaboration is “Hayabusa2” with MASCOT onboard, which is travelling to the asteroid “Ryugu”, and is scheduled to reach its destination in the summer of 2018. Following this mission, JAXA is planning a mission named “DESTINY+” to demonstrate future technologies for deep space exploration by using high-performance ion engines and slimmed-down, lightweight devices onboard. The mission is also aimed at understanding the process through which the Earth became habitable. In order to elucidate the mechanism of the interplanetary dust which contains organic molecules that are essential for life, JAXA plans to develop instruments to observe an active asteroid Phaethon during its flyby, whereas DLR has an interest in providing a Dust Analyzer, a field in which Germany has had the leading expertise in the world for decades.

DLR and JAXA are planning to conduct these joint activities over the next six months.

Telesat Welcomes Announcement of Funding to Improve Broadband in Canada's North

OTTAWA, CANADA, September 18, 2017 – Telesat fully supports last week’s announcement by the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, of $50 million in funding from Canada’s Connect to Innovate program to improve high-speed broadband coverage for the communities of Nunavut.

“Telesat applauds the determined steps the Government of Canada is taking to bring high-speed broadband connectivity to rural and remote communities across Canada,” said Dan Goldberg, President and CEO of Telesat. “Minister Bains’ important announcement will transform the way people in the Far North participate in the digital economy and Telesat is pleased that the substantial investment we have made in the state-of-the-art Telstar 19 VANTAGE satellite will be a core component in the delivery of advanced Internet services to these communities. Telstar 19 VANTAGE is optimized to efficiently support a range of broadband applications that will substantially improve the lives of Canadians, including e-commerce, distance education and connecting with family and friends.” 

Since Telesat’s founding nearly 50 years ago, Telesat employees across Canada have focused on providing reliable and secure satellite communications to benefit all Canadians. Telstar 19 VANTAGE is the company’s latest innovation. Following its scheduled launch in the second quarter of 2018 and successful deployment, this new, high throughput satellite (HTS) will bring twenty times more capacity to the Nunavut region, one of the most difficult to serve in the world.

With the announcement by Minister Bains, Canada is making important investments to ensure all Canadians have access to high-speed internet that will spur innovation, create jobs and improve lives. Telesat is committed more than ever to invest in and deploy the most advanced, next generation satellite services to serve the communications needs of all Canadians.

About Telesat (

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites, the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, and two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype satellites are under construction for launch into low earth orbit (LEO) as part of Telesat’s plans to deploy an advanced, global LEO satellite constellation offering low latency, high throughput broadband services. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL).

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