Jaxa To Test High-efficiency Thin-film Triple-junction Pv Panel In Outer Space

JAXA to Test High-efficiency Thin-film Triple-junction PV Panel in Outer SpaceJapan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced Dec 9, 2016, that it will mount "thin-film triple-junction" solar panels on the "Kounotori No. 6," a fueling plane for space stations.
The place where solar panels were installed is currently used as a platform for verification tests, and the new solar panels were installed in the place. The verification test of the solar panels will be carried out in an orbit in the sky and last until reentering the aerosphere.

Photo Journal: Ready To Rumble

Photo Journal: Ready to rumbleThe Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)'s Epsilon-2 rocket is seen on a launch pad at Uchinoura Space Center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture, on the night of Dec. 14, 2016 during a launch simulation. JAXA's Epsilon-2, which uses a new type of solid fuel, is scheduled to lift off on Dec. 20.

Astronaut Onishi Comes Back Down To Earth After 4 Months In Orbit

Astronaut Onishi comes back down to Earth after 4 months in orbitJapanese astronaut Takuya Onishi landed safely back on Earth aboard the Russian space capsule Soyuz after a “fun” and “fulfilling” nearly four-month stint in the International Space Station.
Onishi, 40, landed in a steppe in central Kazakhstan on Oct. 30 at 9:58 a.m. local time (0:58 p.m. JST, Oct. 30) along with two other astronauts from Russia and the United States.

Astronaut Conducts Experiments For Students

Astronaut conducts experiments for studentsJapanese astronaut Takuya Onishi has carried out experiments on behalf of students from Asia at the International Space Station.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, earlier called on students from Asian countries to submit experiments to be conducted in outer space. Five proposals were ultimately selected.

Japan Has Big Plans For Microsatellites

Japan has big plans for microsatellitesEven in the vastness of space, useful things come in small packages. These packages take the form of so-called microsatellites, which are significantly cheaper to launch than their full-size counterparts. Japan is hoping to turn the contraptions into a cash cow for its satellite industry, which relies heavily on public-sector orders.

Private Sector Readies Moon Probe

Private sector readies moon probeA model of an unmanned moon probe has been unveiled in Tokyo, with the actual vehicle scheduled to compete in an international race to explore the lunar surface.
The probe is being designed by the Hakuto team from Japan’s private sector and will likely be finished by the end of January next year. It is expected to be launched into space from the United States in 2017.

Ex-colleagues At Ana See Off Onishi As Soyuz Spacecraft Lifts Off

Ex-colleagues at ANA see off Onishi as Soyuz spacecraft lifts offTen former colleagues at All Nippon Airways (ANA) saw off astronaut Takuya Onishi as a Soyuz spacecraft carrying him lifted off from a space station here on July 7.
The 10 former colleagues, who joined ANA, one of Japan's two major airlines, with Onishi in 1998 as pilots and have been promoted to captains, looked up at the rocket heading to the International Space Station (ISS).

Spacecraft With Japan, U.s., Russia Crew Lifts Off For Space Station

Spacecraft with Japan, U.S., Russia crew lifts off for space stationA Russian Soyuz spacecraft was successfully launched Thursday morning with three astronauts from Japan, Russia and the United States on board.
The Soyuz will spend about two days traveling to the International Space Station, where the crew -- Takuya Onishi, 40, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Anatoli Ivanishin, 47, of Russia's Roscosmos agency and Kate Rubins, 37, of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- will stay for around four months to conduct experiments.

Welcome To Jupiter: Nasa Spacecraft Reaches Giant Planet

Welcome to Jupiter: NASA spacecraft reaches giant planetBraving intense radiation, a NASA spacecraft reached Jupiter on Monday after a five-year voyage to begin exploring the king of the planets.
Ground controllers at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Lockheed Martin erupted in applause when the solar-powered Juno spacecraft beamed home news that it was circling Jupiter's poles.

Japanese Engineer's Dreams Sailing Into Jupiter Orbit With Nasa's Juno Probe

Japanese engineer's dreams sailing into Jupiter orbit with NASA's Juno probeNASA's Juno probe is set to sweep into Jupiter's orbit on July 4 local time, and navigation engineer Yu Takahashi will be watching closely as it enters the gas giant's gravitational embrace.
"It's fun to know things first, before anyone else," says Takahashi, a 30-year-old native of Higashikurume, Tokyo, who now works on the Juno team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.