Special Sessions and Events

Floor map of Congress Venue

Opening Ceremony

Date : June 5 (Mon.) 09:00 – 10:00
Place : Sub-Hall , Himegin Hall 1F

Prof. Yasuhito Morita (Chairperson of General Affairs Committee)

Opening Address from 31st ISTS
Prof. Seiya Ueno (General Chairperson of the 31st ISTS)

Congratulatory Address from Ehime Prefecture
Mr. Tokihiro Nakamura (Govenor of Ehime)

Congratulatory Address from Matsuyama City
Mr. Katsuhito Noshi (Mayor of Matsuyama)

Congratulatory Address from JAXA
Dr. Naoki Okumura (President of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)

Congratulatory Address from Overseas Program Committee
Dr. Joseph Casas (Representative of Overseas Program Committee)

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

Address from ISSFD
Prof. Junichiro Kawaguchi (General Chairperson of the 26th International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics Organizing Committee)

Address from NSAT
Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka (General Chairperson of the 8th Nano-Satellite Symposium Organizing Committee)

Address from JSASS
Prof. Toshinori Watanabe (President of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences)

Information of Program and Event Schedule
Prof. Shinji Nakaya (Secretary of Program Committee)

Prof. Yasuhito Morita (Chairperson of General Affairs Committee)

Keynote Speech (Plenary, Invited Speaker)

Date : June 5 (Mon.) 10:00 – 10:30
Place : Sub-Hall, Himegin Hall 1F
Speaker : Mr. Takuya Ohnishi (Astronaut, JAXA)

“ISS Expedition 48/49 Mission Report and the Future of Human Spaceflight”

As a crewmember of the International Space Station Expedition 48/49, I would like to introduce some experiments and other activities that were conducted during the mission and talk about the future of human spaceflight.

Special Programs (Plenary, Invited Speakers)

World Space Highlight Ⅰ : International Space Program 
Date : June 5 (Mon.) 10:50 – 12:10
Place : ” Sub-Hall ” 1F, Himegin Hall
Coordinator : Mr. Masazumi Miyake (Director, International Relations and Research Dept., JAXA)

Theme :  “International Cooperation on Space Exploration”
In this program, the presenters and panelists will discuss the possible international cooperation framework on space exploration in the future.

10:50 – 10:55(5 min): Opening Remarks
Moderator: Mr. Masazumi Miyake (JAXA)

10:55 – 11:10(15 min): “NASA Initiative on Space Exploration – Journey to Mars”
Ms. Kathy Laurini (Senior Advisor, Exploration and Space Operations, NASA)

11:10 – 11:25(15 min): “ESA Initiative on Space Exploration – Moon Village”
Mr. Bernhard Hufenbach (Head of Strategic Planning and Outreach office, ESA)

11:25 – 11:40(15 min): “JAXA Initiative on Space Exploration”
Mr. Naoki Sato (Senior Engineer of HTV project team, JAXA)

11:40 – 12:10(30 min): Panel Discussion – “Possible International Cooperation Framework on Space Exploration”
Coordinator : Mr. Masazumi Miyake (JAXA)
Panelists : Ms. Kathy Laurini (NASA)
Mr. Bernhard Hufenbach (ESA)
Mr. Naoki Sato (JAXA)
<Panel Discussion only>
Dr. Niklas Reinke, Director of DLR Tokyo Office (DLR)
Mr. Pierre-Henri Pisani, Counsellor for Space Affairs, Embassy of France (CNES)

World Space Highlight Ⅱ : New Space – 1
Date : June 5 (Mon.) 14:00 – 16:20
Place : Sub-Hall, Himegin Hall 1F
Coordinator : Prof. Hitoshi Kuninaka (JAXA), Mr. Christopher Blackerby (NASA)
Speakers : Mr. Didier Lapierre (Technology transfer Office, CNES)
Mr. Daniel Lockney (NASA/technology transfer)
Mr. Niklas Reinke (DLR, Germany)
Prof. Hitoshi Kuninaka (Space Exploration Innovation Hub Center, JAXA)
Mr. Daisuke Hayashi (Koden)
Mr. Kyohei Iwamoto (Sony)
Mr. Hisao Watanabe (Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd.)

In order to expand the aerospace activity, the space agencies are involving private companies outside space ecosystem as well as space industries through methods such as open innovation, technology transfer, funding, private financial initiative, etc. This plenary session will summarize the activities of the agency in Europe, US and Japan.

Theme : “New Businesses from Collaborative R&D between Space Agencies and Private Sectors”

1) “How Does the CNES, Through Space Research and Technology, Actively Contribute to the Development of the French Economy ?”
Mr. Didier Lapierre (Technology transfer Officer of the CNES, France)

2) “TBD”
Mr. Daniel Lockney (NASA/technology transfer, USA)

3) “Activities of the DLR for the Advancement of Innovation and New Markets”
Mr. Niklas Reinke (DLR, Germany)

4) “Open Innovation Explore Dual-use Technology to Ground and Space”
Prof. Hitoshi Kuninaka (TansaX/JAXA, Japan)

5) “The Solid State Marine Radar System Developed by JAXA”
Mr. Daisuke Hayashi (Koden Electronics Co., Ltd., Japan)

6) “Small Optical Inter-Satellite Link Module for Small Satellites”
Dr. Kyohei Iwamoto (Sony, Japan)

7) “Technologies Using Microwave on the Earth to the Planet”
Mr. Hisao Watanabe (Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd., Japan)

World Space Highlight Ⅲ : New Space – 2
Date : June 5 (Mon.) 16:40 – 18:20
Place : Sub-Hall, Himegin Hall 1F
Coordinator : Ms. Misuzu Onuki (Space Frontier Foundation)
Speakers : Mr. Meir Moalem (Founder/CEO, Sky and Space Global)
Mr. Yuya Nakamura (Founder/CEO, AxelSpace)
Mr. Chris McComick  (Co-Founder/CEO, PlanetiQ)
Mr. James Crawford (Founder/CEO, Orbital Insight)
Mr. Naruo Kanemoto (Founder/CEO, SpaceShift)
Mr. Takahiro Inagawa  (Founder/CEO Interstellar Technologies)
Mr. Masayuki Minato (Investment Manager, GREE Ventures)

Theme : “Leveraging Small Satellites to Commercial Space -Business Dynamics for Smallsat Systems”

The smallsat business has changed the commercial space landscape. Smallsat constellations have brought innovative technologies and creative applications, even a manufacturing revolution and scale merit into space. It has also brought huge amounts of space based data information for data
fusion as a big data resource, which has encouraged new players and investments. Smallsat systems are now undergoing a dynamic business ecosystem development.

Organized Session

Hybrid Rocket ~ Essentially Non-Explosive Propulsion for Future Fail-Safe Space Transportation Systems ~

Date : June 6 (Tue.) 09:00 – 17:40,  June 7 (Wed.) 09:00 – 10:40
Place : Room 6, Himegin Hall 3F
Coordinator : Prof. Toru Shimada (JAXA)

Imparting the rocket propulsion essentially non-explosive characteristics, like a hybrid rocket employing boundary-layer combustion possesses, will solve the problem of the conventional space transportation, that is “a minor trouble can lead to catastrophe,” and will pave a way to realize fail-safe space transport. Based on this insight, in this organized sessions, resent research topics on hybrid rocket propulsion will he thoroughly discussed from the viewpoints of 1) space transportation, 2) engine development and testing, 3) internal flow dynamics and combustion, 4) elemental technologies, and 5) hybrids fuels.

9th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

Winners Package (uploaded June 21, 2017)

Date : June 9 (Fri.) 9:00 – 12:40
Place : Sub-Hall, Himegin Hall 1F
※Preparation Time : June 8 (Thurs.) 14:00 – 17:40 Meeting Room 12

Invitation to the 9th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

The Astrodynamics, Navigation, Guidance, and Control Committee of ISTS encourages all attendants and university students to participate in the 9th Spacecraft 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 9th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest

Now, you are permitted to occupy a microsatellite in an orbit for your own project of Sky Survey of Cosmic X-ray Objects, where you are planning to observe as many cosmic X-ray objects as possible effectively only in the orbit period of one revolution around the earth under the power restriction in space.

The details of the problem specification will be announced on the ISTS home page (https://www.ists.or.jp/2017/) on May 20th. Do not miss it!

icon_pdf_file    Definitive Guide of the 9th Spacecraft Control System Design Contest (Updated May 31, 2017)
Definitive Program of the 9th Spcecraft Control System Design Contest (Updated May 31, 2017)

9th Global Trajectory Optimization Competition: The Kessler Run

Date : June 6 (Tue.)
Place : Sub Hall, Himegin Hall 1F

What is the Global Trajectory Optimization Competition?

The Global Trajectory Optimization Competition is an event taking place every one-two years over roughly one month during which the best aerospace engineers and mathematicians world wide challenge themselves to solve a “nearly-impossible” problem of interplanetary trajectory design. The problem is released by the winning team of the previous edition who, also, is free to define entirely the competition rules.

The problem needs to be related to interplanetary trajectory design and its complexity high  enough to ensure a clear competition winner. Over the years, the various problem statements and solutions returned, collected in this website, will form a formidable database of experiences, solutions and challenges for the scientific community.


The GTOC competitions are opened to everybody, to participate to the next edition, join the GTOC Google Group and you will receive the next call for participation. In case you are not able to join the group directly, mail your request to act_at_esa_dot_int

Theme of the 9th Global Trajectory Optimization Competition

The theme chosen for this competition was active space debris removal and the competition was named “The Kessler Run”. It is imagined that in the year 2060 a serious explosion triggered the Kessler effect compromising the Sun-synchronous orbital environment. Fortunately, not all is lost, as scientists isolate a set of 123 orbiting debris pieces that, if removed, would allow to restore the orbital environment functionalities. Multiple missions have to be designed that cumulatively remove all the debris pieces. Each mission cost depends on the spacecraft mass and a base increasing cost.

GTOC9 on the gtoc portal: https://sophia.estec.esa.int/gtoc_portal/?page_id=814
GTOC9 on the Kelvins platform: https://kelvins.esa.int/gtoc9-kessler-run/

Student Organized Session
– Live Broadcasting Channel SpaceTube –

SpaceTube is a student organized session to broadcast the plenary session held on June 5th, 2017 in 31st ISTS through YouTube🄫. We student committee comment on it while the session is being filmed and broadcasted. Also, we always look for questions or comments on air through SNS and reply them in real time. This is an interactive session which everyone, not only 31st ISTS participants, can take part in.

icon_pdf_file  Flyer of SpaceTube

Date :  June 5 (Mon.)   10:00-18:30(TBD)
Place :  Sub-Hall, Himegin Hall 1F

10:00-10:30 Keynote Speech
Speaker: Mr. Takuya Ohnishi(Astronaut, JAXA)
“ISS Expedition 48/49 Mission Report and the Future of Human Spaceflight”

10:50-12:30 World Space Highlight I: International Space Program
Coordinator: Mr. Masazumi Miyake (JAXA)
Speakers:Ms. Kathy Laurini (JAXA), Mr. Bernhard Hufenbach (ESA), Mr. Christian Lange (CSA), Mr. Naoki Sato (JAXA)

14:00-16:00 World Space Highlight II: New Space-1
Coordinator:Prof. Hitoshi Kuninaka(JAXA), Mr. Christopher Blackerby(NASA)
Speakers:Mr. Didier Lapierre(CNES), Mr. Daniel Lockney(NASA), Dr. Zeitler(DLR), Mr. Shunichi Shibue(Dentsu), Mr. Daisuke Hayashi(Koden), Mr. Kyohei Iwamoto(Sony)

16:20-18:00 World Space Highlight III: New Space-2
Coordinator:Ms. Misuzu Onuki (Space Frontier Foundation)
Speakers:Mr. Meir Moalem (Sky&Space Global), Mr. James Crawford (Orbital Insight), Mr. Takahiro Inagawa (IST), Mr. Yuya Nakamura (Axelspace Co.), Mr. Chris McCormick (PlanetiQ), Mr. Naruo Kanemoto (Space Shift Inc.), Mr. Masayuki Minato (GREE Ventures)

【Participation Method】
Live Broadcasting
Live Broadcasting with Student Comments

Questions or comments through SNS(Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram) are always welcome.
For more information, check the following:
Twitter: @SpaceTube2017
Facebook: SpaceTube at ists2017
Instagram: spacetube2017

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