“Parabolic Antenna Exhibition” is Coming Up! - Be careful, you might get hooked....
Tsuisekilyn has planned and organized a parabolic antenna exhibition! It will take place at Tsukuba Space Center on July 25 - November 29. The key players of this exhibition event are parabolic antennas, who are usually playing a backseat role like a supporting performer in space exploration/utilization programs. At the exhibition, Tsuisekilyn will illustrate their roles, responsibilities, and mechnisms. Please visit and learn about parabolic antennas with Tsuisekilyn!
Report on Special Exhibition Event at Tanegashima Space Center
The Masuda Space Tracking and Communications Station (MSTC) ran a special exhibition booth during the Open House Day of the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) on April 24, 2016. The TNSC Open House Day, which was organized with a theme of “Open a door to Space”, saw a good turnout and 430 people visited the Masuda’s exhibition booth. The Masuda’s exhibition booth offered a variety of events, including “Japanese space-poem card game” and “Space quiz game”, in which participants could learn about satellites and space communications while playing the games, and “Masuda’s original paper-craft workshop”, in which participants enjoyed making various paper-crafts. The paper-crafts made by the participants are currently exhibited at the exhibition hall of MSTC. Please come to see the Masuda’s original paper-crafts. Tsuisekilyn will meet you there! Thanks again for coming to the Masuda’s exhibition booth; Tsuisekilyn looks forward to seeing you again soon.
Open House of Earth Observation Center (EOC)
On Saturday May 14, 2016, Tsuisekilyn went to the Earth Observation Center (EOC) to participate in the EOC Open House. It was a fine clear day and 1,760 visitors, in groups of friends and families, enjoyed the open house event. Many kids joined hands-on sessions to learn about the concept and mechanism of parabolic antennas using a hands-on exhibit. Tsuisekilyn was glad to see that these boys and girls became acquainted with parabolic antennas through the hands-on experience. Thank you for visiting the EOC, and I look forward to seeing you again!
Report on “SpaceOps2016”
Hosted by Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), the 14th International Conference on Space Operations “SpaceOps 2016”, a biannual technical forum of the space operations community, was held in Daejeon, Korea on May 16-20, 2016. A total of 730 participants took part in this 5-day technical conference, consisted of plenary sessions, oral sessions, and poster sessions. Many JAXA colleagues took part in the oral sessions as presenters and observers, and some chaired the sessions as a session chair. Of 289 oral presentations, 12 presentations were delivered by JAXA colleagues, and 5 presentations were made by R&D members from our Space Tracking and Communications Center (STCC).
Special Open House of Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station
A special open house of Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station will be held on Saturday June 11, 2016, under the theme of “Experience the Science and Space!” Public visits were suspended over the past year while the station was undergoing repair/construction work, but the station completed its repair/construction work and resumed public visit from April 1, 2016. Please feel close to space through various space-related events, such as an event to try on an actual spacesuit and an event to pretend to apply for an astronaut selection test. You can also enjoy up-close view of the 20-diameter parabolic antenna, directly communicating with the space-crafts and satellites in space. We look forward to welcoming you again at Kastsuura Tracking and Communications Station!
Thanks for Coming to Visit Open House of Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station
An open house of Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station was held on June 11, 2016. The Open House, organized under the theme of “Experience the Science and Space!” attracted a total of 316 visitors. Various activities and events were arranged for visitors to join hands-on crafts, try-on mockup spacesuit, and simulate an astronaut selection test. Tsuisekilyn was happy to see everyone enjoyed the events. After returning to Tsukuba office, Tsuisekilyn received photos, letters and messages from people who visited the event. Tsuisekilyn appreciated all those great feedbacks! If you ever come to Katsuura, please stop by Katsuura Tracking and Communications Station again. The exhibition hall is open to public seven days a week from 10:00 to 17:00.
“Space Exhibition” to be held at Unna Festival
The Okinawa Space Tracking and Communications Center will hold a “Space Exhibition” at the “33rd Unna Festival” hosted and organized by Onna Village, Okinawa on July 23 -24, 2016. JAXA staff members are currently planning, preparing, and arranging various events and activities for the Exhibition, such as activities to experience space-environment, to join hands-on crafts, to learn JAXA Astronaut Onishi’s upcoming mission aboard the ISS, and a special lecture by a JAXA staff member. This year’s Space Exhibition will also feature JAXA’s aerospace vehicles! Please come and join and feel close to Space! Tsuisekilyn will be waiting for you at the Space Exhibition at Unna Festival!
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!
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.
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.
“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!
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!
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 “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!