Report on “Space School 2016”
An annual summer program for high-school students, “Space School 2016”, took place on August 8, 2016. After listening to a lecture on satellite data acquisition, participants were divided into several teams and assembled Yagi antennas. Using the antennas, every team successfully captured image data sent from the NOAA satellite flying in space! Lastly, each team made a presentation on results of their activities during the program. Tsuisekilyn hopes that this experience inspired the participants and made them even more interested in space development and satellite tracking. Thank you again for your participation in the Space School 2016!
Report on Summer Lab School 2016: “Mysteries of Parabolic Antennas”
At the “Summer Lab School 2016” held on August 1, 2016, the Space Tracking and Communications Center (STCC) organized a session on parabolic antennas for elementary school students in grade 4 to 6. Through lectures and hands-on activities, the participants learned the mechanisms of parabolic antennas and how they capture radio-frequency signals sent from satellites in space. Tsusekilyn was glad that every participant enjoyed the session and became more interested in space and satellites. Tsuisekilyn also enjoyed spending time with them. Thank you for those participated in our session!
Report on Unna Festival “Space Exhibition”
Okinawa Tracking and Communications Center organized “Space Exhibition” at the “the 33rd Unna Festival” hosted by Onna village in Okinawa on July 23 and 24, 2016. Through lectures and hands-on science activities, the role and activities of Okinawa Tracking and Communications Center as well as JAXA Astronaut Onishi’s mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) were introduced. Tsuisekilyn was glad to see a lot of visitors casted their votes on ideas for possible science experiments in space and future airplanes, while envisioning future space/sky activities. Okinawa Tracking and Communications Center plans to hold an open house day event in October 2016. Tsuisekilyn looks forward to seeing you again there!
“Parabolic Antenna Exhibition” in Okinawa Tracking and Communications Center
Following the “Parabolic Antenna Exhibitions” previously held at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) and Masuda Space Tracking and Communications Station (MSTC), it is Okinawa Tracking and Communications Center’s turn to host this exhibition event from August 1 through October 31, 2016! At the exhibition, Tsuisekilyn is providing an overview of parabolic antennas. Let’s learn about the parabolic antennas together with Tsuisekilyn!
Satellite Data Acquisition Experience at “Space School 2016”
An annual summer program “Space School 2016” for high-school students will take place at Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC). The program will offer lectures on “satellite tracking and data acquisition” and related hands-on activities; the participants will first receive an overview of satellite data acquisition and how it works, and will then be divided into several teams to assemble Yagi antennas. Each team will use the assembled Yagi antenna to capture image data sent from NOAA satellite orbiting in space. Students who have been selected for the Space School 2016 program will have an opportunity to gain “an insight of our planet Earth seen from space” to foster a spirit of innovation toward future space development. Tsuiseilyn and Space School 2016 staff members hope that the program would inspire participants to develop new ideas for future space exploration and activities. ※* Application for the “Space School 2016” was closed. The next Space School program is scheduled on next summer.
Summer Lab School 2016: “Mysteries of Parabolic Antennas”
At the Summer Lab School 2016 to be held at Tsukuba Space Center on August 1, 2016, the Space Tracking and Communications Center (STCC) will organize a session on parabolic antennas. Parabolic antennas communicate with space-craft and satellites in space by capturing radio frequency signals from them. The session will consist of lectures and hands-on activities; you will learn how parabolic antennas communicate with space-crafts/satellites. Elementary school students in grade 4-6 are welcome to join this special summer session! Tsuisekilyn and STCC staff members are looking forward to meeting you! ※* Application for the “Summer Lab School 2016” was closed. The next Summer Lab School program is scheduled on next summer.
Want to Get a GSI’s 32m VLBI Antenna Photo Card？
The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) will hold an Open Day on July 3rd 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to celebrate “Japanese Geodesy Day.” This event will be organized around the theme of “Let’s learn Geological Survey and Mapping 2016” At the event, you may be able to get a giveaway card with an original photo of the 32m VLBI Antenna and its fact data for free! Tsuisekilyn loves the GSI’s 32m VLBI Antenna, but it will be dismantled later this year. So the card is going to be a rare card! Tsuisekilyn may also drop in to get a VLBI antenna photo card. Parabolic antenna lovers, let’s visit the GSI Tsukuba to enjoy this special “Geodesy Day” event together!