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Greetings from the program director and the program coordinator

Greetings from the program director

program coordinator

The people on the surface of the earth are protected from particles, ultraviolet radiation, and X-rays from the space by a thin layer of atmosphere just 100km thick. Humanity acquired the tools to escape this atmosphere and enter space only 50 years ago. Ever since then, humanity has been surprised by the view of space only visible from outside the atmosphere. Earth observation, communications, and weightless experiments which can only be performed in space have become realities. Humanity's other dream, to expand beyond the Earth, has taken people not only to the space station, several hundred km above the ground, but to the moon and Mars as well. Humanity has been captivated by the reality of space, scarcely imaginable from the Earth's surface. You, the reader, doubtlessly feel the same way.

However, we face steep hurdles, such as how to escape the clutches of the Earth's gravity, and how to withstand the harsh environment of space. What we are attempting to achieve is to impart to graduate students like yourself the difficulty of the challenges presented by space, and the joy that taking them on brings. The Chubu-sat Program, a core course work of out program, begins with considering our mission in space. The experiments and observations which can only be performed in space produce new creative potential that cannot be achieved through terrestrial experimentation alone. The next step is creating a mission design which satisfies the requirements of the observation and experiments, while withstanding the tremendous vibration, shock, and sound pressure produced by liftoff. In this program, you will also create detailed designs and prototypes of equipment with an eye to the vacuum of orbital space, zero gravity, and temperature amplitude, and then perform environmental testing which simulates severe vibration and shock. We would then like to launch the instrument which survives in such harsh tests.

This program aims to provide students with a broad fundamental knowledge about space development, reinforce this knowledge through experimentation, and produce future personnel who can be active in space related industries and research organizations. The most important aspect of space development is achieving high levels of reliability, even in extreme environments, and this program will cultivate this spirit not only through classroom instruction but hands-on work as well. I have been involved in countless vehicle lift-off experiments myself, and hope to share that excitement with you.

Program director
Masayoshi Maeshima
Vice-president, Nagoya University

Greetings from the program coordinator

program coordinator

Space is considered to be the final frontier for humankind, however, it is already a part of the foundation of our modern society, with broadcasting, communications and GPS satellites. Already heavily dependent on space infrastructure, we are now indeed moving into an age in which the use of space will only increase further. It is therefore vital for us to advance our understanding of space including the solar-terrestrial environment surrounding our planet, on which both space infrastructure and the daily life of humankind are dependent. We also need to develop and make the best use of technologies designed to protect our social infrastructure and keep us safe and secure.

Despite this clear demand, the space related budgets of many developed countries, including Japan, are leveling off, while China, South Korea, and India, are beginning to catch up with countries with established space programs. Faced with this reality, space industries in many Western nations are expanding mostly in the private sector by employing large numbers of PhD graduates. This global competition has affected Japan, too. While Japan is leading in space science, the development of space technology and the development of advanced materials, at the same time the country lacks sufficient numbers of internationally outstanding leaders capable of devising and implementing projects. As a result, Japan is not always making effective use of the cutting-edge expertise and technology at its disposal.

Taking advantage of proximity to the centre of the Japanese aerospace industry, the Leadership Development Program for Space Exploration and Research at Nagoya University aims to develop world-class leaders who can integrate advanced technologies and knowledge with broad visions and utilize them in industries. Creation of a network of such leaders in next-generation industries will advance and expand the utilization of space technologies and infrastructures that improve people's daily lives.

This program values self development of students through their own experiences. A flagship of this program is the ChubuSat instrument development program where students engage in space development and utilization through the ChubuSat satellite, Nagoya University's industry-academia cooperative satellite project. In this activity, students do not merely follow predefined procedures, but work in student-led teams of 6 to 10 people in varying fields, competing among themselves and learning from their own failures as they plan and carry out projects. This promotes greater exchange between students in differing fields, and cultivates project planning and management skills, and problem-solving skills that are required of leaders in not only space-related industries but also a wide range of industries.

This program is operated in faculty members encompassing the Division of Particle and Astrophysical Science at the Graduate School of Science, the Kobayashi-Maskawa Institute for the Origin of Particles and the Universe, the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, and a number of different departments of the Graduate School of Engineering such as the Department of Aerospace Engineering. All of the members in the program are highly dedicated to its mission, and we look forward to enthusiastic participations of many more talented students in the future.

Program coordinator
Hiroyasu Tajima
Professor, Institute for Space-Earth Environmental Research

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