[release] Launch Experiment of SS-520 No. 5 with Microsatellite Onboard

Launch Experiment of SS-520 No. 5 with Microsatellite Onboard

November 13, 2017 (JST)

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

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) will conduct a demonstration experiment of a microsatellite launch by SS-520 No. 5 as follows.

Experiment Period:
December 25 (Mon.), 2017 thru January 31 (Wed.), 2018
Experiment site:
Uchinoura Space Center (Kimotsuki-cho, Kimotsuki-gun, Kagoshima Pref. Japan)
Scheduled experiment date and time:
Between 10:00 to 14:15 on December 25 (Mon.) , 2017 (Japan Standard Time)
Description of experiment:
In response to the failure of SS-520 No. 4 experiment in January this year, a retry demonstration will be held for the development of rockets and satellites using civil engineering technology. The experiment has been approved by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, as part of its SERVIS project (Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System).

About SS-520 No. 5 and TRICOM-1R

Rocket description
SS-520 No. 5

The SS-520 No. 5 is a three-stage rocket that is a modification of the SS-520 two-stage sounding rocket.

Payload description

TRICOM-1R is a new generation satellite, that is produced based on the nanosatellites Hodoyoshi No. 3 and 4., which are approved by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as part of its SERVIS project (Space Environment Reliability Verification Integrated System). The Experiment Team is planning to operate the TRICOM-1R for the following missions.
-Store and Forward mission, where TRICOM-1R stores data transmitted from the ground and forwards data to the ground as the satellite positions above the ground control.
– Take photographs of the Earth with its onboard camera.
– Immediate observation mission which autonomously carries out observations of the Earth immediately after the launch and the insertation into the orbit, and sends the observation data to the ground upon the first communication with the ground station.

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Samsung’s Smart Built-in Chef Collection Makes Kitchens More Connected

According to research by Houzz, an online platform for home remodeling and design, 28% of homeowners consider the integration of smart technology a very important part of their renovations.

Samsung is helping to reinvent the modern kitchen with intuitive smart appliances, and recently launched its Chef Collection line of premium built-in appliances to the North American market at the New York 837 Center, on November 7th, 2017. Merging elegant design and industry-leading technology, Chef Collection brings Samsung’s most innovative and popular home appliance features to the premium built-in category.

Samsung Chef Collection – Connectivity is the Main Course

The Samsung Chef Collection taps into the aspirations of today’s homeowners by melding exquisite designs with industry-leading technology, bringing families new and innovative features along with their built-in appliances. All appliances in the line are Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled, which allows you to monitor and control your appliances while at home or away – all with the simple press of a button on your smart phone.

Samsung’s Chef Collection fridges feature the first fully integrated 42” built-in 4-Door Flex™ refrigerator with a FlexZone™ compartment that – with the touch of a button – conveniently transitions from a fridge to a freezer with four temperature settings. It also features Samsung’s View Inside cameras so consumers can see what’s inside their refrigerator from anywhere – including remotely from the grocery store.

Samsung Chef Collection 30” Double Wall Oven with Flex Duo™ – the removable Smart Divider splits the upper oven into two sections that can simultaneously cook two dishes at two different temperatures – allows users to utilize features most often found in the kitchens of world-renowned chefs. Its steam cooking technology delivers moisture at precise times, so food has a crisp exterior and tender inside.

Visitors who attended the Samsung Chef Collection launch event in New York were particularly impressed with the variety of connected options woven into the line of premium appliances. The abilities to remotely pre-heat your oven, peer inside your fridge, or make sure your fridge door is closed via an intuitive smart phone app, were indeed a welcome addition to Samsung’s already impressive lineup of kitchen appliances.

Samsung Enhances its Presence in the Built-in Market Globally

North America represents an important built-in market for Samsung Electronics and the company has quickly become a well-known home appliance brand name there. The estimated percentage of built-in appliances is about 15 percent ($4.2 billion)* of total appliances market in North America. Samsung successfully expanded its business there with the notable acquisition of Dacor in 2016, a leading American brand among luxury home appliance makers. Earlier this year, Dacor launched its first line of premium kitchen appliances since joining the Samsung family with its revolutionary new kitchen lineup ‘The Modernist Collection’. Moreover, the Samsung Chef Collection was recently awarded four 2018 CES Innovation Honoree Awards, and was recognized for its technology in the built-in category.

Building upon the success of Samsung’s impressive built-in offerings in the North American market, it has also made considerable inroads in other markets around the world, including Asia and especially Europe. Samsung has released a wide range of innovative built-in appliances across Europe in cooperation with several leading European furniture companies such as Nolte of Germany, and recently opened a built-in showroom in Warsaw, Poland, known as ‘Cook Story by Samsung’.

Together with its partners across North America and Europe, Samsung is adding modern connectivity to premium kitchen appliances that improve functionality by evolving with our changing lifestyles. The integration of smart technology into built-in appliances will be a big part of kitchens moving forward and Samsung will continue to leverage its technological expertise to further enhance your premium cooking experience.

* McKinsey & Company North America

[Photo Essay] An Intimate Look into Samsung’s Semiconductor Operations (Part 2)

Samsung Electronics was founded on the belief that the company’s most valuable asset is its people and that belief still stands true today. It’s not just capital expenditure or technology we invest in, but more importantly, in our people.

Coming to work may be a daily grind, but it helps if the walk to the office is a pleasant stroll. What also helps is that, under a few ground rules, employees use flexible working hours, making it easier to manage work-life balance.

Semiconductors are fabricated in “cleanrooms,” where the environment is strictly managed to keep internal conditions, such as temperature, humidity and air pressure, at a constant level. Such measures are optimized for the ever-shrinking chips being manufactured, today mostly designed in nanometer (nm) scale, as well as for the workers inside.

Given the fact that 10nm is about one 10,000th the width of a single strand of hair, even a particle in few-cubic-micrometers could easily damage the circuits on our advanced chips. Workers wear “smocks” to prevent particles from being released into the cleanroom and would go through an air shower before entering the area. Even special paper and pens are required to take notes in there.

One of the key initiatives that go in tandem with efficient manufacturing is the safety of our workers on site. More than 500 safety professionals on staff oversee everyday operations and conduct regular inspections to ensure that all of our facilities comply with the most stringent regulations, locally and globally.

Every team within the company is required to train at least one of its members as an emergency care agent. The agents receive 16 hours of training on emergency response, including life-saving techniques such as CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the Heimlich maneuver.

Employees are also trained to put out fires. As shown above, new hires begin safety training when they are initially hired and continue on a monthly basis throughout their careers based on a custom-curated curriculum.

Of course, there is a lot of research, development and other day-to-day businesses that go on but it’s also vital for us to stay active. Several sports fields around campus as well as an indoor stadium are very popular with more than 160 inter-company sports clubs’ activities, company events and performances.

Even at tech companies, often the question of the day is what to have for lunch. Calories and sodium levels of each plate are displayed on the menu so that employees can make healthy and informed decisions about their diet.

The 12 cafeterias at the Giheung and Hwaseong campuses run 24-7, with up to 20 menu selections a day from all corners of the world that would tickle any palette.

A walk after lunch is an excellent way to start the afternoon. More than 600,000m2 of greenspace is managed in Giheung and Hwaseong campuses combined, an area equivalent to more than 75 soccer fields.

A coffee break under a tree is just as refreshing. More than 60,000 trees in Giheung and Hwaseong campuses include numerous species such as pine, oak, ginkgo and elm, which provide the perfect shade to cool off.

Employees can also look after their health by working out at one of the several gyms across campus that are equipped for weights, treadmill, swimming, pilates, squash and climbing. About 4,000 employees per day use the gyms regularly.

Personal trainers are also available on site to help you work out the muscles you didn’t know you had.

In case of the unfortunate event of feeling under the weather, employees can drop by the healthcare center on site for primary care from physicians, dentists, dermatologists, acupuncturists, pharmacists and counselors on staff. Physical therapy, musculoskeletal treatment and regular health checkup services are also available.

[Aeronautical Technology Directorate] [FQUROH] JAXA demonstrated effect of airframe noise reduction technologies in a flight test campaign

November 10, 2017

JAXA demonstrated effect of airframe noise reduction technologies in a flight test campaign
– the 2nd flight demonstration successfully carried out in September 2017

The FQUROH project team conducted the second flight demonstration on airframe noise reduction technologies with JAXA’s jet research aircraft “Hisho” at Noto Satoyama Airport (Ishikawa, Japan) between 13 September and 1 October 2017. Following the first flight demonstration in 2016 to establish process for flight tests and to evaluate preliminary noise reduction designs, the team carried out this second flight demonstration to verify the final noise reduction designs for “Hisho”. The FQUROH project team successfully performed flyover noise source measurements for 222 times in total with 17 flights of “Hisho”, and obtained all the data necessary for technology verifications.

The aircraft was modified on its flap and main landing gear with further optimized noise reduction designs from the first flight demonstration. The project focuses on noise reduction of flap (or high-lift device) noise and landing gear noise which are the major sources of aircraft noise during approach to airports. It is very important to measure these noise sources in real flight environment with actual aircraft to verify effect and practicability of the noise reduction technologies.

Preliminary results clearly show the effects of the noise reduction designs. The obtained noise reduction in overall level is 3dB for the flaps and 4dB for the main landing gear at the moment when the aircraft just fly over the measurement point, which is consistent with the applied noise reduction designs. These airframe noise reduction technologies to be established through the project could lead to overall noise reduction of 4dB for whole aircraft when applied to newly developed aircraft in the future.

Comparison of noise source maps (preliminary results)

The FQUROH project team continues carrying out further analysis of the obtained data more in details. In parallel, the team starts preparation for the flight demonstration with Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), which is the final phase of the project to establish the noise reduction technologies for civil transport aircraft.

JAXA intends to transfer accomplished technologies to aircraft industries including three industrial partners of the project (Aerospace Company of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation) with hope to realize quieter aircraft in the future.

Overall (sound pressure) level:
Total sound pressure level (SPL) that adds up levels of all frequency bands. Note that the SPLs in the figures are levels in 630 Hz and 1 kHz frequency bands.

[release] Exhibitor Registration for I-ISEF (ISEF for Industry), Side Event of ISEF2

Exhibitor Registration for I-ISEF (ISEF for Industry),
Side Event of ISEF2

November 10, 2017 (JST)

Cabinet Office(CAO)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)
National Research and Development Agency
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The Cabinet Office, MEXT, METI and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) are hosting “I-ISEF (ISEF for Industry)”mainly for industrial areas on March 2nd, 2018, at The Westin Tokyo (Meguro-ku, Tokyo), the day before the second International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF2)*1 on March 3rd, 2018.
The purpose of the I-ISEF is to (a) gather international momentum to encourage space exploration activities and (b) open up space business opportunities to promote entries from outside the industry across different types of backgrounds. The I-ISEF program is designed to discuss the socio-economic significance, values, requirements, or the outlook of space exploration activities from various viewpoints.
For the I-ISEF, we have organized exhibition booths of companies and organizations, and also have activities for different companies to collaborate and engage in the present and future pursuit of the space business and evolving space exploration topics. We would like companies and organizations to check the information below and sign up for the exhibition.

*1 ISEF2 will bring together ministers and high-level officials at the international conference to discuss and share the importance of space exploration and global collaboration aiming to cultivate sustainable growth developments.

Exhibitor Registration Details

March 2, 2018 (I-ISEF) and March 3, 2018 (ISEF2) *2

*2 No entrance is permitted to the ISEF2 main conference on March 3. Entrance is limited to the exhibition area (foyer area) only.

The Westin Tokyo
1-4-1 Mita, Meguro-ku, Tokyo, 153-8580, Japan

Registration fee:

Please note that display or decoration equipment is prepared at one’s own expense.

Exhibitor space:

Please choose A or B below.

A. Poster Exhibition
  • Up to A0 size
B. Exhibition booth
  • Booth area is 90cm x 90cm. Up to 3 booths are available for an exhibitor.
  • Free rental: Tables *3and chairs.
*3 A 180cm-size wide table will be divided by partitions.

Number of exhibitors:

Up to 30 companies
The organizers will select exhibitors based on the contents of their exhibition.

Note: Due to limited space and exhibitions inside the hotel conference room, the organizerse might need to adjust contents of the exhibition or carry-in equipment.


Please send a registration request to the following address with

  1. 1. Name
  2. 2. Affiliation
  3. 3. Contact information (telephone number and e-mail address)
  4. 4. Type of exhibition (A or B, if you choose B, please tell us the number of booths)
  5. 5. Contents of exhibition.

Registration e-mail address:

pre-i-isef (a) nri.co.jp

Application Deadline:

December 15th (Fri)
If the number of applicants reaches the capacity, registration will be closed prior to the deadline.

Nomura Research Institute
TEL: +81-3-5877-7314

isef2-se (a) nri.co.jp