JAXA

MHI Contributes to Successful Acquisition of First Observation Images by JAXA's "XRISM" X-ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission Satellite

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Friday, February 9, 2024

MHI technology supported the data acquisition of the distribution and chemical composition of high-temperature plasma weaving through the galaxies by the XRISM satellite's onboard soft X-ray imager (Xtend) and soft X-ray spectrometer (Resolve).

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  • MHI technology supported the data acquisition of the distribution and chemical composition of high-temperature plasma weaving through the galaxies by the XRISM satellite's onboard soft X-ray imager (Xtend) and soft X-ray spectrometer (Resolve).
  • XRISM's mission is to document, in unprecedented detail, the formation of stars, galaxies and galaxy clusters.
  • MHI, which serves as manufacturer of the mission instruments, is responsible for designing and manufacturing Xtend's X-ray charge coupled devices (CCD) (Note2) detector and the data processors for Xtend and Resolve.
  • The mission data processors employed on both Xtend and Resolve are "SOI-SOC2" satellite-mounted microprocessor units (MPUs) jointly developed by JAXA and MHI.

Former JAXA Astronaut Dr. Soichi Noguchi Joins Voyager Space Advisory Board

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

DENVER, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Voyager Space (Voyager), a global leader in space exploration, today announced Dr. Soichi Noguchi has been appointed to the company's advisory board.

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  • DENVER, Feb. 8, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- Voyager Space (Voyager), a global leader in space exploration, today announced Dr. Soichi Noguchi has been appointed to the company's advisory board.
  • Dr. Noguchi is an aeronautical engineer, former Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut, and the first astronaut in the world to accomplish three different methods of Earth entry from space.
  • His addition to the Voyager advisory board is another essential step in broadening the company's space exploration efforts and building a better future for humanity.
  • "Dr. Noguchi joins our team at a pivotal time, and we are glad to have him on board."

Smart Lander for Investigating Moon “SLIM” Achieves World’s First High-Precision Landing on the Moon

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), a spacecraft developed by the company under contract with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), successfully achieved a high-precision landing on the lunar surface at 00:20 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) on January 20.

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  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), a spacecraft developed by the company under contract with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), successfully achieved a high-precision landing on the lunar surface at 00:20 a.m. (Japan Standard Time) on January 20.
  • High-precision landing technology for the precise positioning of spacecraft will become increasingly important for future lunar and planetary exploration.
  • Mitsubishi Electric was awarded a contract in 2015 with primary responsibility for the design, manufacture and testing of the SLIM at the company’s Kamakura Works in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.
  • In collaboration with JAXA, Mitsubishi Electric also developed the guidance, navigation and control (GNC) system used for high-precision landings.

Smart Lander for Investigating Moon "SLIM" Touches Down on Moon

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that its Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), developed by the company under contract with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), successfully landed on the lunar surface at 00:20 a.m. on January 20 (Japan Standard Time).

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  • Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that its Smart Lander for Investigating Moon (SLIM), developed by the company under contract with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), successfully landed on the lunar surface at 00:20 a.m. on January 20 (Japan Standard Time).
  • This is Japan's first lunar landing, making it the fifth country to safely land a spacecraft on the Moon, joining Russia (Soviet Union), the United States, China and India.
  • The SLIM was developed to demonstrate high-precision landing technology on the Moon using a small spacecraft and to increase the frequency of lunar and planetary exploration with a lightweight lunar and planetary probe system.
  • Mitsubishi Electric and its subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric Defense and Space Technologies Corporation (MEDS) developed the lander's core onboard equipment, including:
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Japan’s First Moon Lander Touches Down with Renesas’ Rad-Hard ICs on Board

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Monday, January 22, 2024

The Moon landing represents a significant milestone for Japan, as it becomes only the fifth country to successfully touch down and operate a lunar lander, after Russia, the United States, China and India.

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  • The Moon landing represents a significant milestone for Japan, as it becomes only the fifth country to successfully touch down and operate a lunar lander, after Russia, the United States, China and India.
  • JAXA is currently investigating the specifics of its pinpoint landing and plans to release further information in the coming weeks.
  • The spacecraft is engineered to achieve exceptional landing precision, due to a vision-based object detection system and its lightweight, compact design.
  • This five-months-long mission is intended to help the scientific community learn about the origin of the Moon.

NASA, Partners to Welcome Private Crew Aboard Space Station

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

Axiom Space astronauts lifted off at 4:49 p.m. EST on Thursday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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  • Axiom Space astronauts lifted off at 4:49 p.m. EST on Thursday from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
  • The crew will spend about two weeks conducting microgravity research, educational outreach, and commercial activities aboard the space station.
  • Together with our commercial partners, NASA is supporting a growing commercial space economy and the future of space technology," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
  • As the first all-European commercial astronaut mission to the space station, the Ax-3 crew is proof that the possibility of space unites us all."

Vertical Flight Society to Hold World's Largest and Longest Running Electric VTOL Symposium Next Month

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 16, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The Vertical Flight Society (VFS), the world's leading non-profit organization working to advance vertical flight technology, announces today that its annual conference on electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will be the world's largest event ever on the emerging industry.

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  • The packed agenda has nearly 150 total speakers in 3 tracks, plus 37 exhibitors, including two eVTOL aircraft on display.
  • This 11th Annual Electric VTOL Symposium — being held Feb. 6–8 in Santa Clara, California, as part of the VFS Transformative Vertical Flight 2024 — is the world's largest and longest-running event focusing on the incredible promise, progress and challenges of eVTOL aircraft.
  • This is the world's only event focused on advancing the understanding of aeromechanics of helicopters and other vertical flight aircraft.
  • VFS has been the world's largest technical community of engineers, technologists and specialists developing vertical flight aircraft for more than 80 years.

NASA, United Arab Emirates Announce Artemis Lunar Gateway Airlock

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Sunday, January 7, 2024

The lunar space station will support NASA's missions for long-term exploration of the Moon under Artemis for the benefit of all.

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  • The lunar space station will support NASA's missions for long-term exploration of the Moon under Artemis for the benefit of all.
  • Today's announcement and partnership between the United States and United Arab Emirates advances this important work.
  • "The United States and the United Arab Emirates are marking a historic moment in our nations' collaboration in space, and the future of human space exploration," said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.
  • In addition to operating the airlock, MBRSC also will provide engineering support for the life of the lunar space station.

Axelspace Raises $44 Million, Closing Series D Funding Round to Accelerate Growth Toward Social Implementation of Microsatellite Applications

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Axelspace Holdings Corporation today announced that the company completed its Series D funding round raising approximately JPY 6.24 billion (equivalent to USD 44.0 million).

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  • Axelspace Holdings Corporation today announced that the company completed its Series D funding round raising approximately JPY 6.24 billion (equivalent to USD 44.0 million).
  • The round sees the allocation of new shares to SMBC-GB Growth I Investment Limited Partnership, several other venture capitals, and corporate investors.
  • Axelspace Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Axelspace Holdings, will use the new funds to meet more diverse customer demands.
  • We will continue to work toward the realization of our vision, "Space within Your Reach," by accelerating societal applications of microsatellites.

NASA to Provide Coverage as Dragon Departs Station with Science

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

The agency will provide live coverage of Dragon's undocking and departure starting at 8:45 p.m. EST on the NASA+ streaming service via the web or the NASA app .

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  • The agency will provide live coverage of Dragon's undocking and departure starting at 8:45 p.m. EST on the NASA+ streaming service via the web or the NASA app .
  • Coverage also will air live on NASA Television, YouTube , and on the agency's website .
  • NASA will not broadcast the splashdown, but updates will be posted on the agency's space station blog.
  • Dragon arrived at the station Nov. 11 as SpaceX's 29th commercial resupply services mission for NASA, delivering about 6,500 pounds of research investigations, crew supplies, and station hardware.