ISTS 30th

Special Sessions & Events

Opening Ceremony

Date : July 6 (Mon.) 09:00 – 10:00
Place : Room “ASTROSCALE Main Hall”, Kobe International Conference Center 1F

Mr. Kazuo Tachi (Chairperson of General Affairs Committee)

Opening Address from 30th ISTS
Prof. Kozo Fujii (General Chairperson of 30th ISTS Organizing Committee)

Congratulatory Address from Hyogo Prefecture
Mr. Toshizo Ido (Governor of Hyogo Prefecture)

Congratulatory Address from Kobe City
Mr. Noriyoshi Okaguchi (Deputy Mayor of Kobe City)

Congratulatory Address from JAXA
Dr. Naoki Okumura (President of JAXA)

Congratulatory Address from COSPAR
Prof. Sho Sasaki (Representative of COSPAR)

Address from ERPS
Dr. Roger Myers (President of ERPS)

Address from NSAT
Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka (General Chairperson of NSAT Organizing Committee)

Address from JSASS
Prof. Takahira AOKI (President of JSASS)

Information of Program and Event Schedule
Prof. Toru Shimada (Secretary of Program Committee)

Mr. Kazuo Tachi (Chairperson of General Affairs Committee)

Keynote Speech (Plenary, Invited Speaker)

Date : July 6 (Mon.) 10:00 – 10:30
Place : Room “ASTROSCALE Main Hall”, Kobe International Conference Center 1F
Speaker : Mr. Kiyoshi Higuchi (IAF President)

“Why we are trying to explore Space Frontier -From the study of cosmo-anthropology-”

Special Programs (Plenary, Invited Speakers)

World Space Highlight Ⅰ : National Space Activities

Date : July 6 (Mon.) 10:50 – 12:30
Place : Room “ASTROSCALE Main Hall”, Kobe International Conference Center 1F
Moderator : Mr. Yoshinori Yoshimura (Director, International Relations and Research Dept.,JAXA)

The theme of “World Space Highlight I” is “Space Exploration Challenges – Sharing Experiences and  Envisioning the Next Steps”.

In this program, the presenters will discuss the signature space exploration projects which their agencies are working on.

10:50 – 10:55 (5min) : Opening Remarks
Moderator : Mr. Yoshinori Yoshimura (JAXA)

10:55 – 11:10 (15min) : “Chinese Activities on Space Exploration”
Dr. YE Peijian
Lunar and Deep Space Exploration Chief Expert, China Academy of Space Technology

11:10 – 11:25 (15min) : “DLR Activities on Space Exploration focusing on Rosetta/Philae and Hayabusa/MASCOT”
Dr. Niklas Reinke
Director, Tokyo Office, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

11:25-11:40 (15min) : “French Activities on Space Exploration”
Mr. Pierre-Henri Pisani
Counselor for Space Affairs, Embassy of France in Tokyo

11:40 – 11:55 (15min) : “KARI’s Activities on Space Exploration”
Dr. Eun-Sup Sim
Former Vice President, Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)

11:55 – 12:10 (15min) : “Dawn and NASA’s Space Exploration Activities”
Mr. Chiristopher C. Blackerby
Tokyo Representative,  National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

12:10 – 12:25 (15min) : “Hayabusa 2 and JAXA’s Space Exploration Activities”
Dr. Hitoshi Kuninaka
Director, Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

12:25 – 12:30 (5min) : Closing Remarks
Moderator : Mr. Yoshinori Yoshimura (JAXA)

World Space Highlight Ⅱ: Easy Access to Space

Date : July 6 (Mon.) 14:30 – 18:10
Place : Room “ASTROSCALE Main Hall”, Kobe International Conference Center 1F
Coordinator : Prof. Toru Shimada (JAXA), Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka (The Univ. of Tokyo)

Program Revised (July 3, 2015)

Side (14:30 – 16:10)

1) “Star Launch Vehicle: A Cost Effective Dedicated Launcher for Nano/Micro-Satellites”
Dr. C.J. Verberne, VP Technology & Business Development, Nammo Raufoss AS, Norway

2) “Air Launch System Enabling Technology (ALSET) Program Overview”
Mr. Yuichi Noguchi, Project engineer, IHI Aerospace Co., Ltd., Japan

3) “Easy Access to Space via Delethalizing Rocket Propulsion”
Prof. Toru Shimada, ISAS, JAXA, Japan

4) “Small Satellite – Small Launcher Perspectives”
Mr. Walter Zinner, Head of Corporate R&T Affairs, Airbus Defense & Space GmbH, Germany

Satellite Side (16:30 – 18:10)

1) “Low-cost Deep Space Exploration by Micro-spacecraft -Achievements of 50kg-class Deep Space Probe PROCYON -”
Prof. Ryu Funase, The University of Tokyo, Japan

2) “Microsatellite and Nanosatellite Missions at the Space Flight Laboratory”
Prof. Freddy Pranajaya, Space Flight Laboratory Microsatellite Science and Technology Centre, University of Toronto, Canada

3) “Hodoyoshi Project for Advanced and Affordable Utilizations of Micro-satellites”
Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka, The University of Tokyo, Japan

4) “The power of Micro-satellites – Axelspace’s Vision for the Future”
Dr. Yuya Nakamura, Axelspace, Japan

5) “Indexing the Earth”
Mr. Brian Leslie, Partner Development, Google, USA

World Space Highlight Ⅲ: Plenary Panel Discussion – What can Electric Propulsion do ?

Date : July 7 (Tue.) 13:40 – 14:40
Place : Room “ASTROSCALE Main Hall”, Kobe International Conference Center 1F
Organizer : Dr. Naoki Nagao (JAXA), Prof. Kimiya Komurasaki (The Univ. of Tokyo)

Recently, the range of application of electric propulsion (EP) system has been extended. In addition to north-south keeping and orbit transfer of small satellites, high power EP system for all electric satellites and in-space orbit transportation system have been developed in many countries. The purpose of this panel discussion is inviting the ISTS participants to IEPC sessions. In this panel discussion, four panelists talk about each EP system for all electric satellite, future human mission, deep space exploration, and small satellites. Through the discussion with all ISTS audience not only EP community but also satellite developer and operators, fascinating insights will be provided all stakeholders related to EP system.

Panel Discussions

Human Voyage : Exploring Our Body and Outer World

Date : July 7 (Tue.) 11:00 – 12:40
Place : Room 402, Kobe International Conference Center 4F
Coordinator : Mr. Naoki Sato (JAXA)
Panelists : Dr. Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA), Prof. Atsushi Sunami (National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies), Dr. Ko Ogasawara (MHI), Mr. Kensuke Obara (NHK), Mr. Christopher Blackerby (NASA),
Dr. Niklas Reinke (DLR)

International coordination of Human Space Exploration is growing gradually these days at government level as well as space agency level. At this panel, the current status of the international coordination will be shared first. Then, panelists from stakeholders will talk and discuss what are the essential objectives and goals, and what kind of benefitsto society can be expected, and how Japan should contribute to it. Let’s get together and share the thoughts to realize the international Human Space Exploration.

Space Technology and Disaster Management (Harnessing Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation)

Date : July 8 (Wed.) 15:00 – 16:40
Place : Room 504, Kobe International Conference Center 5F
Moderator : Mr. Chu Ishida (JAXA)
Panelists : Mr. Tetsuro Imakiire (Geospatial Information Authority of Japan), Dr. Koji Suzuki (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan), Mr. Masaru Arakida (Asian Disaster Reduction Center), Dr. Keiji Imaoka (JAXA), Dr. Lal Samarakoon (Asia Institute of Technology)

There has been a growing recognition of the roles of Space Technology for decision making support for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. Sentinel Asia, regional cooperation framework of DRRM using Space Technology in Asia-Pacific region, has been fully operated currently and covers all phases of the disaster management cycle. The SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) observation of ALOS-2 contributed to emergency response of the earthquake in Nepal as well as continuous monitoring of the volcanos in Japan. Collaboration of space technology and Geo-spacial information technology will widen the area of contribution of space technolohy to disaster mitigation. Global climate observation by satellites takes importatnt role to mitigate the global level diasters.

This panel discussion aims to discuss the roles and the future vision of Space Technology to reduce disaster risks, and how Space Technology is actually used at national and regional levels, and identify the areas where Space Technology will be able to contribute to “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”.

IEPC Plenary Panel  “Risk Management for Electric Propulsion”

Date : July 9 (Thu.) 09:00 – 10:40
Place : Room “ASTROSCALE Main Hall”, Kobe International Conference Center 1F
Organizer : Prof. Mitchell L. R. Walker (Georgia Institute of Technology), Prof. Hitoshi Kuninaka (JAXA)

The introduction of all-electric spacecraft coupled with low-cost commercial launch vehicles has significantly changed the spacecraft market place.  Long before electric propulsion (EP) reaches full market potential; satellite operators and insurers must make critical decisions with respect to validation and risk management requirements for EP components and systems.  The goal of the panel discussion is to understand how satellite operators and insurers address the integration of EP technology onto spacecraft.  The panel is composed of satellite operators and satellite insurance companies.  The questions and participant selection aim to generate a healthy and meaningful debate with respect to the risk and value of all-electric satellites.  The panel is of interest to the EP community because it will provide fascinating insights from major actors and stakeholders related to the validation and risk management requirements for EP systems.

Space Innovations and Applications

Date : July 10 (Fri.) 14:00 – 15:40
Place : Room 502, Kobe International Conference Center 5F
Coordinators : Mr. Corentin Guillo (Satellite Applications Catapult), Ms. Misuzu Onuki (Space Frontier Foundation)
Panelists : Mr. A.C.Charania (Virgin Galactic), Ms. Kyoko Morii (Mitusbishi Heavy Industries Ltd.), Mr. Richard Joye (Swiss Space Systems), Mr. Jim Keravala (Shackleton Energy)

The investment community has recently become very active in funding new start-up companies which propose to use space for innovative solutions to terrestrial markets and applications, with a variety of new services and products developed by innovative technologies and methods. Billions of dollars in new investment capital is now moving into this sector. The panel discussion “Space Innovations and Applications” will be the showcase of space businesses which use space platforms such as small sats, the International Space Station, suborbital vehicles, small sat launchers, free fliers, to provide terrestrial market goods and services. Also, the enormous growth potential for commercial space utilization will be discussed.

Organized Session

Launch Vehicle Acoustics

Date : July 7 (Tue.) 09:00-18:00
Place : Room 504, Kobe International Conference Center 5F
Coordinator : Dr. Seiji Tsutsumi (JAXA), Prof. Kent Gee (Brigham Young University), Ms. Amaya Espinosa Ramos (CNES)

At lift-off, launch vehicles are subject to harmful acoustic loading due to the intense acoustic wave generated from propulsion systems. Prediction and mitigation of such acoustic loading is an important design issue, because it is known to cause failures of electronic and mechanical components of launch vehicles and payloads. In this organized session, experts from academia, government, and industry get together to share on-going challenges and efforts in measurement, modeling, and characterization of aero- and vibro-acoustics at lift-off. We hope that discussions and collaborations here will produce important advance, leading to innovative design for reducing acoustic loading.


Date : July 8 (Wed.) 09:00-12:40
Place : Room 503, Kobe International Conference Center 5F
Coordinator : Prof. Nobuyuki Kaya (Kobe University)

The important roles of spaceports as the anchor for commercial space activities have been rapidly increasing in recent years, driven by advancing space utilization and expanding space industry. There is now a developing global “Land Rush” mentality to create new spaceport locations. Several more new commercial spaceports will be approved in the US in addition to the existing nine FAA/AST licensed facilities. Moreover, there are multiple spaceport development plans and concepts all over the world. The “Spaceports” session includes content from both the spaceport development side and the user side; such as space transportation systems, space tourism, small sats, microgravity experiments, and terrestrial job creation and economic development aspects include space theme tourist attractions.

8th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

Date : July 10 (Fri.) 14:00 – 16:00
Place : Room 501, Kobe International Conference Center 5F

Invitation to the 8th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

The Astrodynamics, Navigation, Guidance, and Control Committee of ISTS encourages all attendants and university students to participate in the 8th “Spacecraft Control System Design Contest”.

What is Spacecraft Control System Design Contest?

The contest aims at providing opportunity to capture the nature of dynamics and control of spacecraft through solving a typical spacecraft control problem and to feel joy to develop “my” algorithm. A certain control problem is announced beforehand, and participants design a controller in the form of a program, which will be evaluated at the contest site by computer simulations. Several prizes will be given to those participants who designed excellent control algorithms. The discussions about the problems and proposed control algorithms will also be given at the site, which further contribute to understanding of the problem.

Theme of the 8th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

The theme of this year is ” Hopping Rover ” . A rover repeats hopping and bouncing to explore the surface of an asteroid. Evaluation is made how quickly the rover reaches the target point with limited mobility. The detail of the problem specification will be announced on the ISTS home page ( on May 20th. Do not miss it!

Out Line of the Program (Updated 2015/6/29)

Sample Program of the 8th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest (Updated 2015/6/29) (Updated 2015/7/21)