Special Sessions&Events

Keynote Speech

Date: 2011/06/06 10:00 – 11:30
Place: Theater

Special lectures focused on the 28th ISTS Main Theme “Exploring Humans, Earth and Space”~ the quest begins in the island of peace Okinawa ~ will be delivered by the following lecturers.

 “The Space Debris Environment – Status and Outlook -”
Heiner Klinkrad (Prof.Dr. ESA/ESOC)

 “Space for Humanity ~ Towards the Next Stage of Exploration ~”
Chiaki Mukai (M.D.,PhD. Astronaut, JAXA)

 “Entry into the Age of Solar System Exploration and Discovery with Cutting-Edge  Technology”
 – Hayabusa, IKAROS and Future –
 Jun’ichiro Kawaguchi (Prof. JAXA)

National Space Program

Date: 2011/06/06 13:30 – 16:00
Place: Theater
Moderator: Tetsuo Tanaka (Mr. JAXA)

National Space Program is the highlight of the Symposium with participation of representatives from Space Agencies around the world.

13:30 – 14:30 National Space Program (1)
NSP Opening Speech
Moderator : Tetsuo Tanaka (Mr. Member, ISTS Program Committee)

 “Space Activities of JAXA”
Makoto Kajii (Mr. Associate Executive Director, JAXA)

 “New German Space Strategy and Programmatics”
Christoph Hohage (Mr. Project Director, Space Administration, DLR)

 “Space Activities of CNES”
Mathieu Grialou (Mr. Representative, Tokyo Office, CNES)

14:30 – 14:45 Break

14:45 – 15:40 National Space Program (2) 
“Space Activities in Korea”
Ik-Min Jin (Dr. Director, Policy and International Relations Dept. KARI)

 ” NASA Activities in Space and on Earth ”
Christopher C. Blackerby (Mr. International Programs Specialist, NASA)

 “The European Perspective”
Barbara Rhode (Dr. Minister-Counsellor, EU)

*After National Space Program, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) Promoting Presentation will be given from 15:45 to 16:00.
“OIST – A New International Graduate University in Okinawa”
Robert Baughman (Dr. Executive Director, OIST)

Panel Discussions

Human Exploration in Space

Date: 2011/06/07 13:00 – 14:30
Place: Theater
Organizer: Chiaki Mukai (M.D.,PhD. Astronaut, JAXA)
Panelists: Tetsuhiko Ikegami (Dr. Space Activity Commission, MEXT)
Hiroshi Yamakawa (Dr. Secretary General, Cabin Secretariat) 
Jacques Arnould (Dr. Ethics Adviser, CNES)
Takashi Hamazaki (Mr. JAXA)
Naoko Yamazaki (Ms. Astronaut, JAXA)

It has been 50 years since human beings first entered space. Still we ask ourselves every day why are we exploring space. Is it encrypted in our DNA or is it related to our spirituality? What is the motivation or driving-force to go beyond the atmosphere of earth? Could it be fear or curiosity? Can human space exploration build a common global identity based on shared goals, beliefs and values? These are some controversial questions which might divide scholars for years to come.

Because human space exploration is a multi-cultural endeavor, we can learn from the differences and cherish the similarities amongst us which could possibly strengthen global alliances. The main purpose of this panel is to look at the different perspectives on “why do we continue to push the boundaries of human space flight and what is the ultimate benefit from human space exploration?”

Humanity, Society and Culture in the Space Era

This panel discussion is organized by Kyoto Univ. & JAXA and will be opened to public.
Panel Discussion Official Site (Japanese Only)

Date: 2011/06/07 18:30 – 21:30
Place: Theater
Facilitator: Yohko Iwata
(Coordinator of the humanities and social sciences, JAXA)
Guests: Takashi Tachibana (Journalist)
Naoko Yamazaki (Astronaut, JAXA)
Panelists: Hiroaki Isobe (Dr. Kyoto University)
Jacques Alnould(Dr. CNES)
Toji Kamata(Prof. Kyoto University)
Hiroki Okada(Prof. Kobe University)

The space has been a “special” place where only selected astronauts can go under various restrictions. However, as the human exploration in space continues to expand, more and more people with diverse backgrounds and motivations will be going to the space.
In the not too distant future, a small society of people settled in the space will be formed. Then all the problems on the Earth, from war, crime, and cultural confliction to medical care, traffic accident and absence of a nearby nice bar, will appear in the space society in the same or different manner. Therefore the space is no longer a subject of only natural science and technology, but it is becoming an important subject of the humanities and social sciences. The aim of this panel discussion is collect the ideas from experts in different fields and seek for interesting problems to be pursued in the next decade. Particular focus will be put on cultural aspects, such as formation of a new culture (creole culture) in space and its confliction with ground society.

Oceanic Environment around Okinawa as seen from Space

Date: 2011/06/08 13:00 – 14:30
Place: Theater
Coordinator: Yoshifumi Yasuoka (Professor emeritus, Univ. of Tokyo)
Panelists: Akimasa Sumi (Dr. JAXA/ Prof. Univ. of Tokyo)
Isao Koike (Dr. Auditor, Univ. of the Ryukyus)
Hiroya Yamano (Dr. Senior Researcher, NIES)
Arthur Y.Hou (Dr. NASA)
Erich Franz Stocker (Dr. NASA)
Toru Fukuda (Mr. JAXA)

Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan, consists of 160 large and small islands surrounded by the blue ocean. Various animals and plants including coral reefs create a beautiful environment with a humid subtropical climate. Recently, environmental issues such as climate change have been brought to public attention. Understanding of past and recent climate change and projections of future changes are requested by society. Earth observation satellites are unique and effective tools for global measurement and their data will be basic information in various fields, such as meteorology, climatology, ecosystems, and agriculture. While the major advantage of satellite observation is that it can cover a large area homogeneously in a short time, the concern with local applications has been growing more and more. In this panel, we will discuss environmental issues and roles of space technology in observing them from a global viewpoint by satellites and from a local viewpoint, focusing on the oceanic environment around Okinawa.

Observation and Characterization of Space Debris for Orbital Safety

Date: 2011/06/09 13:00 12:30 – 14:30
Place: Theater
Moderator: Toshiya Hanada (Prof.Dr. Kyushu University)
(alphabetic order)
Vladimir M. Agapov (Dr. KIAM, Russian Academy of Sciences)
Gurudas Ganguli (Dr. Naval Research Laboratory) 
Moriba K. Jah (Dr. Air Force Research Laboratory)
Heiner Klinkrad (Prof.Dr. ESA/ESOC)
Jer-Chyi Liou (Dr. NASA/JSC)
Thomas Schildknecht (Prof.Dr. University of Bern)
Carsten Wiedemann (Dr.-Ing. Technische Universitaet Braunschweig)

   Coordinators : Haruhisa Matsumoto (Mr. JAXA),  Yukihito Kitazawa (Dr. IHI)
At the 25th ISTS held in 2006, a panel-discussion “International Space Law of Space Debris” was held. It was the time just before the publishing of “Space debris mitigation guidelines” by UNCOPOUS. The discussion topics at the panel were: 1) debris mitigation in of context with international space law, 2) the economical justification of debris mitigation, 3) development and applicability of international standards on debris mitigation. The panel discussion focused on the importance of debris mitigation in an international collaboration, based on the UN guidelines, and on the importance of debris mitigation for the sustainability of future space activities. The latter topic has in 2009 been taken up by a newly formed UNCOPUOS working group.

After the 25th ISTS, a Chinese anti-satellite test (ASAT) in 2007 and the collision of Iridium 33 and Cosmos 2251 in 2009 resulted in an increase of the USSPACECOM space object catalog by approximately 50%, with a corresponding risk increase in economically and scientifically valuable orbit regimes. In 2009, the Japanese government established a “Basic Space Law” which stipulates the conservation of the space environment. Compared with the ISTS panel discussion in 2006, the recognition of a need to protect space assets against space debris has been progressing significantly.

The following measures have been identified to counteract the proliferation of space debris: mitigation of debris release, protective design of spacecraft, collision avoidance, and active debris removal. However, in order to implement these measures effectively, it is important to have a good understanding of the debris environment and of the space assets to be protected.

Observations and measurements of space debris for orbit environment assessments are carried out in many countries. A program on “Space Situational Awareness (SSA)” is presently advancing in the USA and in Europe. Moreover, Russia, China, and other space faring nations perform regular space surveillance using their own observation networks. In this panel discussion, panelists from various countries will outline how research on observations and measurements could contribute to a better understanding and to a stabilization of the space debris environment. The discussion will cover the following topics: 1) current debris observation/measurement systems, their limitations, and necessary improvements, 2) effectiveness of data and information sharing among different countries, and 3) an perspective on future international collaboration in debris observations and measurements.
Flier of Panel Discussion (Japanese Only)

Lessons Learned in Space Transportation Systems Accidents and Their Return-to-Flight Activities

Date: 2011/06/10 13:00 – 14:30
Place: Theater
Coordinator: Toru Shimada (Prof. JAXA) and Atsutaro Watanabe (Mr. IHI)
Panelists: John P. Shannon (Mr. NASA)
Jérôme Thiéry (Mr. Arianespace)
Junjiro Onoda (Prof. JAXA)
Akio Suzuki (Mr. Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co,.Ltd.)
Takeshi Fujita (Mr. JAXA)

The PD will focus on lessons learned in accidents and return-to-flight activities of several space transportation systems in the world, such as Space Shuttle, Ariane 5, M-V and H-IIA.

The panel will talk and answer questions on the followings topics, such as facts of accidents, reasons of accidents, return-to-flight activities, and lessons learned. The contents can vary from technical to non-technical, say programmatic, or human.

Also, overview of access to space activities of past, present and future will be optionally presented.

6th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

Date: 2011/06/10 14:40 – 17:00
Place: A1

Outline of the programPDF
(updated 2011.05.23)

The Astrodynamics, Navigation Guidance and Control Committee of ISTS encourages all ISTS attendants and university students to participate in the 6th “Spacecraft Control System Design Contest”.
The theme of this year is “Debris Inspector”.
The Astrodynamics, Navigation Guidance and Control Committee of ISTS encourages all ISTS attendants and university students to participate in the 6th “Spacecraft Control System Design Contest”. The theme of this year is “Debris Inspector”.
Sample Program of the 6th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest
(Updated 2011.05.23)