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Aiming to create a new academic field through the university-based micro-planetary exploration project

Regarding the University of Tokyo Collaborative Research Institute for Space Science and Engineering’s online symposium (April 26, 2021)

The University of Tokyo will hold the University-wide Collaborative Research Organization: Regarding the University of Tokyo Online Symposium of Collaborative Research Organization for Space Science and Technology was held (April 26, 2021) on April 26th (Monday). We hope that many of you will participate and discuss this.


Space Science and Engineering Collaborative Research Organization Symposium

“Discussing the current state and future of space science and engineering”

Date and time: Monday, April 26, 2021 9:55-16:30 (scheduled)

[Please register using the participation form below]


In recent years, the development of space science and engineering in Japan has been remarkable, leading the world in such areas as the return of Hayabusa2 from the asteroid Ryugu and the operation of deep space probes using university-originated microsatellites. At the University of Tokyo, researchers from multiple departments in planetary science, astronomy, space engineering, etc. will gather together to promote university-initiated ultra-small planet exploration and create new academic fields. The Collaborative Research Organization for Space Science and Technology (CROiSSanT) was launched on the moon. In response to this, CROiSSanT will hold a symposium to freely discuss the current state and future of space science and engineering at universities.


9:40 Zoom session starts

9:55 Opening remarks by Director Shinichi Nakasuka

[Part 1] Current status of solar system exploration and observational astronomy

10:00 Early evolution of the solar system as seen by the asteroid explorer Hayabusa2

(Sugita, University of Tokyo)

10:20 Current status and prospects of planetary environment exploration (Imamura, University of Tokyo, Frontier Sciences)

10:40 Current status of exoplanet exploration and where to aim for the future

(Kawahara, University of Tokyo)

11:00 Past and future prospects of deep space exploration using microsatellites

(Funase, ISAS/University of Tokyo)

11:20 Expanding universe and the end of stars (Doi, University of Tokyo)

[Part 2] Space science and engineering education

11:40 Aiming to become a hub for developing human resources and exploration science ~ Introducing proposals and activities

(Suzuki, University of Tokyo, Frontier Sciences)


[Part 3] Promotion of space science and engineering

13:00 X-ray astronomical observation using a microsatellite (Aya Bamba, Odaka, University of Tokyo)

13:20 Astronomical observation using multiple microsatellites (Ikari, University of Tokyo)

13:40 International comet exploration utilizing the maneuverability of ultra-compact aircraft

Participation: Comet Interceptor (Kasahara, University of Tokyo)

14:00 Ultra-compact Mars lander TEREX project (Kawabata, University of Tokyo)

14:20 Technology development for optical observation with a focus on microsatellites

(Yoshioka/University of Tokyo, Frontier Sciences)

14:40 Cooperation between microsatellites and ground-based telescopes (Miyata, University of Tokyo)

15:00 Ultra-small planet exploration using a deployable aeroshell

Probe SPUR (Yamada/Space Research Institute)

15:20 Break

[Part 4] Panel discussion

15:30–16:30 (planned)

  1. Microsatellites – How to embark on full-scale scientific exploration
  2. Collaboration and personnel exchange

Moderator: Nakasuka (University of Tokyo)

Scheduled to appear:

Kuninaka (Director, ISAS), Tsuneta (Director, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan),

Suzuki (University of Tokyo Frontier Sciences), Funase (ISAS/University of Tokyo),

Sugita (School of Science, University of Tokyo) et al.