The Satellite Design Contest is an effort to activate space-related basic research and application research,
and to spread space education throughout Japan.
The contest invites concepts, ideas, and design concepts for space missions, such as a small satellite generated from the free imaginations and creativity of students, and honors excellent work among them.
Satellite Design Contest Official website
High school student teams from across Japan
compete for the championship with hand-made cansat launches.
CanSat KOSHIEN is a contest of can-sized simulated artificial satellites hand-made by high school students. The students launch their cansats and compete on their technology and creativity through the process of launch, release into the air, fall, and landing.
Different from traditional contests, the criterion of judgment is not "prescribed knowledge and skills" but the "coolness" of the original and unique cansats made by the students.
CanSat KOSHIEN Official website*Japanese website
The project started in 2012, four years after completion of the laboratory in Kibo.
Kibo-ABC stands for Asian Beneficial Collaboration through the use of Kibo. It is an initiative led by the Space Environment Utilization Working Group of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) to promote collaboration among Asian countries in utilizing Kibo, the Japanese experiment module mounted on ISS. The initiative started in 2012, and nine countries from the Asia-Pacific region participate currently.
Kibo-ABC also engages itself in advertising the wide range of uses of Kibo to space agencies, scientists, and educators in the Asia-Pacific region.
In 2013 adzuki beans were sprouted in the ISS, and the conditions of sprouting were observed and compared with those of adzuki beans sprouted on Earth.
Using a simple drop experiment apparatus, phenomena in microgravity can be observed closely in classroom lessons. This is a part of Kibo-ABC activities in Japan and other Asian countries, to provide opportunities for children to learn physics in everyday life through gravity.
Kibo-ABC invites experiment ideas from APRSAF member countries for trials in space. JAXA astronauts will conduct the selected experiment in Kibo.
Kibo-ABC Japanese website
Asian try Zero-G