Space Japan Review

Space Japan Review
No.91, Winter 2016

Two 13-meter antennas, which were constructed for satellite communications and broadcasting experiments in the mid-1970s, have been dismantled in Kashima Space Research Center of NICT.


Cover Page
Dismantled 13-meter-diameter antennas in Kashima, Japan

Photo: by courtesy of NICT
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Interview with CEO (in Japanese)
Takashi Yabashi
President & CEO
Broadcasting Satellite System Corporation (B-SAT)

President Takashi Yabashi talks about B-SAT's BS broadcasting services, BSAT-3 and the next BSAT-4 satellites, control and management systems as well as stable operations by an uplink compensation technology.
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Executive Comment (in English)
"Innovation in Telecommunications ] The Perspective of a Satcom Terminal Developer"
Dr. Rowan Gilmore
Managing Director, EM Solutions,
Brisbane Australia
"An often overlooked requirement is that innovation also requires great (or even heroic) customers - customers who seek the rewards of innovation but still have the risk appetite to be able to fund and trial innovations that might run late, be over budget, or that do not fully meet specification!"
In AIAA ICSSC-2015, which was held in Gold Coast of Australia from September 7 to 10, 2015, Dr. Rowan Gilmore has worked hard and well as the General Chair. He makes an excellent comment about innovation in telecommunications.
(PDF: 229kB)

Space Japan Club (in English)
"Superbird Memories"
Christopher F. Hoeber
As an executive management at SSL, Chris Hoeber accomplished a great job to make his company the world leader in communications satellite manufacturing industry until he retired a year ago. Here, he looks back some early history of the first SSL1300 satellite gSuperbird-Ah as the Japan/U.S. joint program, as well as the legacy story which Superbird left for the following programs.
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Satellite Commentary (in Japanese)
International Collaboration in the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Project
Dr. Nobuyoshi Fugono, Former President of the Communications Research Laboratory (CRL), Japan

(PDF: 874kB)
Appendix: Photo Collection (PDF: 3MB)

Space Japan Book Review (in English)
Michael M. Lewis:"Flash Boys; A Wall Street Revolt", Writers House, 2014.
Dr. Takashi Iida, Editorial Advisor of Space Japan Review
The round-trip propagation time of radio wave is about 0.3 seconds in the satellite communication using a geostationary satellite positioned at 36,000km altitude above the equator. So the satellite communication can not compete at all to discussion in this book that treats milliseconds (mS) and/or microseconds (ƒÊS). Moreover, the satellite communications related person might feel far away this book increasingly, because it became a reputation in the market of stock trading. I, the reviewer of this book, am interested in this book precisely because the satellite communication can not compete at all. When I read it, even communication technology engineer, who has a technology goal to convey the information as quickly as possible, is awaked to that decreasing the propagation time produces much important and highly profitable worth rather than a market issue of stock trading. It is interesting that some of such examples have been described in this book. This review is based on Japanese translation version of this book...
(PDF: 104kB)

Special Report #1 (in Japanese)
Development of World's First LED Visible Light Communication Experimental Satellite "Ginrei"
Atsushi Nakajima, Former Project Manager of the Ginrei Program and a Professor at Shinshu University, Japan.
gGinreih is the worldfs first visible light communication experimental satellite, which has been developed under collaboration between Shinshu University and Shinshu Satellite Workshop. The Ginrei satellite was launched in February 28, 2014 with H-IIA launch vehicle...
(PDF: 2,822kB)

Special Report #2 (in Japanese)
Report on WRC-15 held in 2015
Muneo Abe, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC) are held every three to four years to review and revise the Radio Regulations, and the international treaty governing the use of the radio-frequency spectrum and the geostationary-satellite and non-geostationary-satellite orbits. WRC-15 was held in Geneva, Switzerland from November 2 to 27, 2015. This paper reports how the Radio Regulations have been revised mainly from space related viewpoints.
(PDF: 384kB)

Conferenece Report #1 (in Japanese)
Report on 21st Ka and Broadband Communications Conference
Norihiko Katayama, NICT
The 21st Ka and Broadband Communications Conference was held in Bologna, Italy on October 12-14,2015.
The next conference co-organized by AIAA ICSSC will be held in Cleveland, Ohio, on October, 17-20, 2016.
Abstract Due: April 30, 2016.
Final Paper Due: September 1, 2016
Please visit web site of
(PDF: 912kB)

Conferenece Report #2 (in Japanese)
Report on the 16th Japan-Korea Joint Conference on Satellite Communications (JC-SAT2015)
Morio Toyoshima and Amane Miura, IEICE, Japan
The 16th Japan-Korea Joint Conference on Satellite Communications (JC-SAT2015), which was held in Osaka, Japan on October 7-8, 2015, is reported in this paper.
(PDF: 387kB)

Space Japan Interview (in Japanese)
Learned from Development of CS "Sakura, Cherry in English", Blooming in the Universe of "Showa"
Akio Iso, Iso SpaceNet Research
Dr. Akio Iso talks about expected roles of satellite communications in Ku and Ka bands together with an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) during natural disasters such as a volcanic eruption.
(PDF: 1,210kB)

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