Faculty Staff | Space technologies

As of May 1, 2017

Name Title Research Keywords
Yosuke Fukushima Assistant Professor Autonomous remote systems
Ikkoh Funaki Associate Professor
Ken Goto Associate Professor
Nobuaki Ishii Professor Mission Analysis of Lunar and Planetary Exploration
Shigeo Kawasaki Professor Space Nano RF Electronics, Space Information, Communication and Energy Engineering, Space Vehicle RF Tracking System
Hiroaki Kobayashi Associate Professor Propulsion System, Cryogenic Propellant, Hydrogen Energy
Ken-ichiro Maki Assistant Professor Wireless Power Transmission, Laser Power Trasnsmission
Takahide Mizuno Associate Professor
Kazutaka Nishiyama Associate Professor Electric Propulsion, Ion Thruster, Air Breathing Ion Engine
Shinichiro Sakai Associate Professor
Yoshitsugu Sone Associate Professor Power sources for space applications like battery, fuel cell, and regenerative fuel cell. Life support devices for Water electrolysis and CO2 reduction
Ryoji Takaki Associate Professor Computational Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing
Koji Tanaka Associate Professor Space Power System, Solar Power Saellite, WPT, Solar array
Tomoaki Toda Associate Professor
Shinichiro Tokudome Associate Professor Rocket Propulsion
Hiroyuki Toyota Assistant Professor Space power systems, solar cells, batteries
Takahiro Yamada Professor
Zenichi Yamamoto Professor Deep space
Tetsuo Yoshimitsu Associate Professor
Name Yosuke Fukushima
Title Assistant Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Autonomous remote systems
Details and policy of research guidance Students who will work in this lab are required to taking following three steps of research activities: 1) creating software framework to represent your understanding of autonomy for some concrete problem , 2) implementation of your idea by making small systems by your self, and 3) performing experiments using your system. The target area of your systems is not limited as space-engineering: AUV/UAV are also welcome. The autonomous scheduling theory and control theory are always placed in the center of our activities.
Message to students Since this lab concerns autonomy, the students are also expected to proceed with your works autonomously. Skills on the software, understandings of electric circuits, and knowledges of control theory are required.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/yosuke_fukushima.html
Name Ikkoh Funaki
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Flight Systems
Responsible Lectures Spacecraft Propulsion II
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance A variety of advanced spacecraft propulsion concepts are studied:
- Solar wind sail (Magnetic sail, Magnetoplasma sail)
- Magnetoplasmadynamic arcjet
- Helicon thruster
- High performance ion thruster
- Laser propulsion
- Micro-thruster system (laser, cold jet, and FEEP) development for a drag-free mission
- Mission planning and system development for rapid solar system exploration, solar system escape, and so on
- New energy system for deep space exploration
- Drag-free system development for DECEGO mission (Japanese gravitational detection mission)
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/ikkoh_funaki.html
Name Ken Goto
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Flight Systems
Responsible Lectures Space Structures and Materials I, Space Structures and Materials II
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance We focus on research on the manufacturing process and dynamic characteristics (deformation/destruction) of composites and polymer materials used for space explorers, transportation units, and on-board equipment. Our research field includes:
1. Development of heat-resistant composites and polymer materials
2. Development of shock-resistant composites and polymer materials
3. Long-term reliability of composites and polymer materials
4. Application of composites and polymer materials to various spacecraft.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/ken_goto.html
Name Nobuaki Ishii
Title Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Flight Systems
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Mission Analysis of Lunar and Planetary Exploration
Details and policy of research guidance Study on mission analyses and system feasibilities of lunar and planetary exploration, based on orbital dyanamics.
Message to students Skills and interests on applied dynamic simulation such as orbital analysis and guidance are required.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/nobuaki_ishii.html
Name Shigeo Kawasaki
Title Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Electronics and information for space applications I
Research Keywords Space Nano RF Electronics, Space Information, Communication and Energy Engineering, Space Vehicle RF Tracking System
Details and policy of research guidance Based on the communication technology, we have developed the fundamental study and the application of space communication and space radio science. In this study, the novel communication systems for space information and communication have been developed from both sides of hardware and software using microwave, millimeter-wave, terahertz and high energy particles. As our study goal, using CAD requested for design and analysis, we aim to make great progress on the methods of design, fabrication and evaluation for a semiconductor device, a high-frequency integrated circuit, a small-sized transmitter/receiver module and a small-sized planar antenna. These results have been extended to X-ray and high energy particle detectors. Further, these technologies have been applied to the wave transmission systems such as wireless communication and energy transmission, a low-pollution car, a rescue robot and a robot sensor network system.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page http://www.rfaia.isas.jaxa.jp
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/shigeo_kawasaki.html
Name Hiroaki Kobayashi
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space observation science using satellites and space exploration vehicles: Space astronomy
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Astronomy and Astrophysics
Responsible Lectures Space Structures and Materials I
Research Keywords Propulsion System, Cryogenic Propellant, Hydrogen Energy
Details and policy of research guidance Advanced technologies on space propulsion system are studied. Major topics are as follows.
- design method of propulsion system
- cryogenic propellant management
- engine measurement and control
Message to students Let's study advanced technologies of the reusable rocket being developed in ISAS.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/hiroaki_kobayashi.html
Name Ken-ichiro Maki
Title Assistant Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Wireless Power Transmission, Laser Power Trasnsmission
Details and policy of research guidance The focus of my work is the technology of power transmission without wires. The electrical energy, required for driving rovers and drones, is transmitted by the electromagnetic wave such as laser which beams to these unmanned vehicles. The outcomes can be utilized for the exploration on the surface of the moon and planet in shadow.
Message to students I had also studied in this institute for 5 years when I was graduate university student. These experiences greatly help me for the current practical works. I recommend to study in the department if you are interested in the space technologies and your want to work in these fields in your future.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/kenichiro_maki.html
Name Takahide Mizuno
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Introduction to Radiowave Engineering for Space Applications
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/takehide_mizuno.html
Name Kazutaka Nishiyama
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Flight Systems
Responsible Lectures Spacecraft Propulsion II
Research Keywords Electric Propulsion, Ion Thruster, Air Breathing Ion Engine
Details and policy of research guidance Research and education on electric propulsion, especially ion engines.
1. Larger or smaller size of microwave discharge ion engines.
2. Control of microwave discharge ion engines.
3. Electrodes erosion of ion engines.
4. A new concept: Air breathing ion engine.
Message to students Let's study together so that your achievement may contribute to near future space missions.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/kazutaka_nishiyama.html
Name Shinichiro Sakai
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Electronics and information for space applications II
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance Our main research field is applied control engineering for artificial satellites and planet probes. Some examples of our research subjects are as follows:
1. Formation flight using superconducting coils and in-satellite maglev systems
2. Development of attitude control systems suitable for small satellites
3. Attitude control system for satellites with flexible structure
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/shinichiro_sakai.html
Name Yoshitsugu Sone
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Space Systems Engineering IV, Space Applied Physical Chemistry
Research Keywords Power sources for space applications like battery, fuel cell, and regenerative fuel cell. Life support devices for Water electrolysis and CO2 reduction
Details and policy of research guidance Since 1996, I have been studying electrical power subsystem for satellite and spacecraft. I am majoring in the electrical power subsystem for the aerospace applications. In my work, I suggest the operability of the spacecraft in space based on the experiment using the ground test facilities. For this purpose, precise understanding of the energy storage/generating devices like lithium-ion secondary cell and fuel cell is essential.
Thus, the subjects I treat in my course are as follows,
1. Evaluation of the lithium-ion secondary cells. We shall compare the performance of the lithium-ion secondary cell in space with that tested on the ground. The influence of the gravity and long-term operation/storage will also be studied. Furthermore, the understanding to the degradation of the lithium-ion secondary cells from the electrochemical information is very important, and you will well trained to evaluate using electrochemical techniques.
2. Fuel cell and regenerative fuel cell technology for closed environment. It includes the basic science of the electrochemistry for fuel cell, and the equipments to apply fuel cell to the closed environment.
3. Research to find the innovative energy storage device/system. The operability of the capacity and other energy storage device and the energy generating devices will be studied.
4. Applicability of the above technologies to the space programs is the most important point in my study, and it will be great pleasure if you understand the electrochemistry which will realize the complicated system design and operation.
5. We also investigate the manegement of CO2 and H2O under the closed environment like International Space Station (ISS), Moon, and Mars based on the chemical and electrochemical methods.
Message to students The manegement of energy generation, circulation and storage is the typical basic technology for the space exploration. Let's study together for the future encounterment of Space.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/yoshitsugu_sone.html
Name Ryoji Takaki
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Interdisciplinary Space Science
Responsible Lectures Computational engineering and science
Research Keywords Computational Engineering, Computational Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing
Details and policy of research guidance Students will study on follwing items to understand computational fluid dynamics for compressible flows in the aerospace fields;
- Physics of compressible flows,
- Governing equations and numerical simulation methods,
- Highe perfoemance computing and
- appliations to the aerospace developnets.
Message to students Students who are fond of computer and programing, are preferable.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/ryoji_takaki.html
Name Koji Tanaka
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Space Systems Engineering IV
Research Keywords Space Power System, Solar Power Saellite, WPT, Solar array
Details and policy of research guidance Advanced space power technologies that include power generation, power transmission, power storage, power management and its applications are studied. Major topics are as follows.
- Solar power satellite.
- Superlight weight power generation system.
- Interaction between high power system and space environments (plasma in ionosphere and debris, etc.).
- Advanced power storage system and its space applications.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page http://sps.isas.jaxa.jp/
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/kohji_tanaka.html
Name Tomoaki Toda
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Introduction to electronics and information for space applications
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance We study deep space and inter-spacecraft communication technologies for scientific explorations as space systems based on microwave technology and photonics. The deep space transponder that has been standardized for JAXA deep space missions since Venus exploration program is a contribution from our laboratory to overcome disadvantageous conditions and enable long distance ultimate communications. We also anticipate wireless network technologies inside spacecraft as forthcoming ones. Below are the ongoing mainstream subjects of the laboratory.
(1) Deep space smart communication system based on X-band, Ka-band, and optical wave.
(2) Next generation deep space ground system.
(3) Inter-spacecraft communication technologies in formation.
(4) Wireless network technologies inside spacecraft.
(5) Development of micro- and nano-devices required for innovation of (1) to (4).
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/tomoaki_toda.html
Name Shinichiro Tokudome
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Space Flight Systems
Responsible Lectures Spacecraft Propulsion I
Research Keywords Rocket Propulsion
Details and policy of research guidance This laboratory provides the research environment to demonstrate full-scale operation of advanced non-toxic storable liquid propulsion systems which can be developed in five years. Furthermore, the lab creates the research theme on air-breathing rocket propulsion for future reusable space transportation systems.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/shinichiro_tokudome.html
Name Hiroyuki Toyota
Title Assistant Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords Space power systems, Solar cells, Batteries
Details and policy of research guidance Innovative space power systems, evaluation of solar cells, development of small and lightweight batteries.
Message to students Robust and innovative power systems for deep space explorers are becoming more important for exploring the Solar system. New commers to this exciting field are welcomed.
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/hiroyuki_toyota.html
Name Takahiro Yamada
Title Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance Research in the fields of space information systems, systems develoment methdologies, and basic theories of information. Some of the specific topics include:
1. Development of space information systems
2. Space communications methods and space communications protocols
3. Development of specifications using formal methods
4. Informatino processing methods based on linguistic theories
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/takahiro_yamada.html
Name Zenichi Yamamoto
Title Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Introduction to electronics and information for space applications
Research Keywords Deep space
Details and policy of research guidance I will guide the study of space communications and radio science by the analysis of received carriers from deep space probes.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/zenichi_yamamoto.html
Name Tetsuo Yoshimitsu
Title Associate Professor
Research Field Space technologies
Affiliation in ISAS Department of Spacecraft Engineering
Responsible Lectures Electronics and information for space applications II
Research Keywords
Details and policy of research guidance Our research subject is a sophisticated autonomous system for lunar/planet exploration robots and micro satellites, and explorer/satellite system architecture including both hardware and software, for example,
1. Robots for exploration of small bodies: Robotics technologies for micro robots to explore the surface of small bodies such as minor planets and comets including navigation mechanism, locating system, and autonomous exploration method and design and development of robots for use in actual missions.
2. Lunar/planet exploration robots: Similar research and development for robots to explore the surfaces of celestial bodies with large gravity such as the Moon and Mars.
3. Micro satellites: Research and development of micro satellites applying technologies for exploration robots.
Message to students
Laboratory or personal web page
Personal page in ISAS web (Japanese) http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/about/researchers/tetsuo_yoshimitsu.html