MICRO SATELLITE AND SPACE EDUCATION
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This paper reviews the current status of space engineering education in Japan especially centered on micro satellites. Hands-on training using micro satellites provides unique opportunity of space education to university level students, by giving them a chance to experience the whole space project cycle from mission creation, satellite design, fabrication, test, launch, operation till analysis of the results. Project management and team working are other important skills that can be trained in these projects. Micro satellites are not only useful for education but also are promising as a new player in space development or space business. The importance of micro satellites as a tool for space engineering education will be discussed first, followed by the description of its importance as a new player in space development. Then the history of the related activities in Japan will be reviewed, starting with Satellite Design Contest to current real satellite projects. Finally, the future vision will be discussed.
- The Journal of Space Technology and Science
The Journal of Space Technology and Science 16(1), 1-8, 2000-03-01
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