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HISTORY OF LABORATORY

[updated: March 2017]

Some of the events since the establishment of the laboratory in 1991 are listed in the following:

FY2016 March 25Graduation ceremony
February 24Final presentation for grauduate thesis
February 22Progress report session of graduate thesis by M1
February 20Final presentation for Master's thesis
February 19Kick-off meeting of NEXUS with Jamsat
January 9-13Prof. Yamazaki presented his research "Data Driven Model for Efficient Prediction and Estimation of Spin Type Membrane Space Structure Dynamics", Mr. Tada presented his research "Membrane Deployment de-orbit System by convex tapes", Mr. Tatematsu presented his research "Verification of the Similarity Rules for Spin Deployment Membrane in the ground experiment", and Mr. Tamura presented his research "Deployment Dynamics of Selfdeployable Truss Structure Consisting of Bi-convex Booms".
December 21The Space Engineering Conference (SEC) was held at Yamaguchi. Sugano, Fukunaga, and Yamaguchi (B4) had the persentations of their research.
December 20Year-end party
December 1Some of our laboratory member appear on TV CM of Canned coffee "BOSS"
video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PLD2jk-X1C1zp-zp9rPP0m4b0yREDBEe0x"v=KJ2WWPQUWRk
November 5Almni party
October 17Nano-Satellite Symposium (NSAT), Deorbit Device Competition (DDC), Mission Idea Contest (MIC), and Unisec Global Meeting was held at at Varna, Bulgaria. Suzuki (M1) and Mr. Tada (M2) had the presentations on their research. Tada won the 1st place of the competiton!
August 18TV program "Nippon no Kako-mon" was on air.
August 10ACMD was held at Kanazawa for 3 days from 8-10 August. Tamura (M2) had the presentation about his reserch "Report on Microgravity Experiments of Self-Deployable Truss Structure Consisting of BCON Booms", and Tatematsu (M2) had the presentation about his research "Similarity Rules for Spin Deployment Membrane". Tamura won the paper award.
August 9Deployment experiment of self-deployable truss structure (movie:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sH7NHZwPzMM)
August 6-7Open campus
July 30Prof. Mohammed Khalil Ibrahim has joined our laboratory
July 13Deployment experiment of Solar Power Sail by JAXA
May 15CanSat project at Science Musium
April 22Annual meeting of Satellite Lab.
April 8Welcome party for new laboratory member
FY2015 March 25Graduation ceremony
March 25Mr. Tomohiro Suzuki won the student award of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science 2015.
March 5-6JAMSAT Symposium
Feb. 27Final presentation on graduation thesis (B4)
Feb. 25Progress review on Master's research (M1)
Feb. 24Final presentation on Master's thesis (M2)
Jan. 20-21, Feb. 2-4Micro-gravity experiments on deployable structures
Dec. 19Year end party
Oct. 30 - Nov. 3 Prof. Yamazaki, Mr. Yoshihara, Mr. Suzuki, Ms. Kumon, and Prof. Miyazaki help "Hepta training course" for Angolan researchers as a training proglam of UNISEC.
Oct. 17-18Laboratory trip in Yamanashi
Sept. 4 Prof. Miyazaki made an invited lecture "Making satellite -from design to launch-" in the event "Ko-sen Space Camp in Shikoku Island".
Aug. 22-23Ham Fair
Aug. 1-2UNISEC General Meeting
Aug. 1-2Open day of Funabashi campus
Jul, 13, Jul. 1, Jun. 12 Prof. Miyazaki had an invited lecture "Realization of large deployable membrane structure in space" at IAA pre-symposium seminor.
Jul. 12Open day of Surugadai campus
Jun. 23 Membrane deployment mission of SPROUTwas conducted
May 31 Open day for affiliated high school students
May 30-31Prof. Miyazaki had a lecture "Stractural/vibration engineering and design necessary for development of nano-satellite" in UNISEC Space Engineering Lecture Series.
May 27Prof. Miyazaki had an invited lecture "Space Verification of deployable structe" at the Defence Academy.
Apr. 6Guidance of Satellite Lab
Apr. 1 Mr. Ohinata assumed the representative of UNISON ( - March 2016).
Apr. 1Prof. Yamazaki's research proposal "Estimation of shape and dynamics of large membrane deployable space structure by data-driven modeling" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Young Scientist (B) of MEXT ( - end of FY2017). Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Establishment of prediction method of dynamics of large gossamer muti-body space structures and understandings of their dynamics" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Resaerch (B) ( - end of FY2017).
Apr. 1Dr. Yamazaki was promoted to an assistant professor.
FY2014 Mar. 26SIMPLE received the award "Space Frontier" from Space Engineering Dvision of Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mar. 25Mr. Akinori Tamura won an honor prize of Nihon University 2014.
Mar. 25Graduation Ceremony
Mar. 18-21Dr. Yamazaki, Mr. Yoshihara, Mr. Suzuki, and Prof. Miyazaki held a workshop using model satellite Hepta. Prof. Miyazaki had an invited lecture "Human Resource Development for Space Engineering Science Using CubeSat" held in The 4th Workshop on Space and Satellite Technology at All Nations Uniersity College (ANUC), Ghana.
Mar. 14-15JAMSAT symposium
Mar. 3Anual meeting of Satellite Lab
JanuaryProf. Yamazaki and Prof. Miyazaki joined "Formation of a base for research and development of advanced deployable structure promoting innovative space science" led by Prof. Hiraku Sakamoto (Tokyo Institute of Technology) as co-resaerchers. The project name is ORIGAMI(ORganizatIon of research Group on Advanced deployable Membrane structure for Innovative space science).
Jan. 31Prof. Miyazaki had a seminor "Making Satellite - from design to launch -" at Sakae Chunichi Culture Center. The seminor was held in series at January 31, February 28, and March 28.
Jan. 16New year party
DecemberSIMPLE completed routine operation phase.
Dec. 6-7UNISEC Workshop (Osaka Prefectural University)
Nov. 28Mr. Shimazaki, Mr. Murata, Mr. Maruki, and our laboratory "Nihon University Space Structure Systems Laboratory" won the 1st prize of the 11th micro-gravity experiment contest by airplane by the research topic "Research on the analysis of the deployment behavior of inflatable membrane space structure". Mr. Maruki had an invited presentation at APRSAF.
Nov. 30Water rocket festival was held at Funabashi campus hosted by JAXA as a pre-event of APRSAF.
Nov. 2Campus tour
Nov. 1Prof. Miyazaki appeared on the talk event "CanSat fever" at Asagaya Loft A
Oct. 1Prof. Miyazaki assumed the deputy director of Research Institute of Science and Technology Nihon University.
Oct. 7 The satellite statin and the earth station of SPROUT pass the inspection.
Sep. 3-5Laboratory trip
Aug. 23-24Ham Fair
Aug. 4-5Open day of Funabashi campus
Jul. 26-27UNISEC General Meeting
May 24SPROUT was launched by H-IIA-24 as an piggy-back satellite of ALOS-2 and injected into a sun-synchronous orbit of 600km altitude. SPROUT has been working well.
Apr. 14 - May 19"Let's become SPROUT Master" was posted in SPLOG.
Apr. 9SPROUT was delivered to Tsukuba Space Center.
FY2013 Mar. 31The development of Nano-satellite SPROUT was completed.
Mar. 25Mr. Kento Ohinata and Mr. Shota Ohinata won hornor prizes of Nihon University 2013.
Mar. 25Graduation ceremony
Feb. 8Dr. Yamazaki, Mr. Fujiwara and laboratory member held the Space Engineering Course "Hands-on learning of Model satellite CanSat" hosted by the Space Engineering Division of Japan society of Mechanical Engineers.
Nov. 10Dr. Yamazaki had a lecture "Realization of nano-satellite SPROUT from winning of Best Design Award" in the Space Engineering Course hosted by the Space Engineering Division of Japan society of Mechanical Engineers that was the post-event of Satellite Design Contest.
Nov. 9The junior team of Satellite Lab (My. Kai Yoshihara, Mr. Daishi Kawarabayashi, Mr. Yukiteru Sekiguchi, Mr. Yuuki Tatematsu, Mr. Akinori Tamura, Mr.Satoshi Yamada, and Mr. Shota Yamada) won the Astronomical Society of Japan Award, and Best Model award at 21st Satellite Design Contest.
OctoberPresident Samuel Donkor of All Nations University College(ANUC), Ghana came to Japan and exchanged MOU on development o fnano-satellite with our laboratory.
Aug. 24-25Ham Fair
Aug. 12The balloon flight experiment of UNISEC CLTP4 was conducted in Futawa field.
Aug. 4The review of CanSats for ARLISS was held at Futawa field.
Aug. 3-4Open day of Funabashi campus
Jun. 22Mr. Isomura had a presentation at the 35 years memorial symposium of our department that introduced Satellite Lab to the alumnae and alumni.
Jun. 2Open day for affiliated high school studetns
Jun. 1Satellite Lab member hosted an hands-on event at Saitama Prefectural Niiza Sogo Gijutsu High School that contains the fabrication of hand-made antennas and the receipt of satellite radio wave.
May 22Welcome party for new students
May 4CDR (Cretical Design Review) of SPROUT
Apr. 1Mr. Shimazaki assumed the representative of UNISON ( - March 2014).
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Realization of large space structure using extra-light high stiffness convex booms" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Challenging Exploratory Research of MEXT.
FY2012 Mar. 25 Graduation ceremony
Mar. 20Prof. Miyazaki had an invited lecture "The Benefits of Space Science and Satellite technology for Economic Development: A Case Study of Japan" and Dr. Yamazaki had an invited lecture "Satellite Mission Design Idea" in The 2nd Workshop on Space and Satellite Technology held at All Nations University College (ANUC), Ghana.
Mar. 9-10 JAMSAT Symposium
Feb. 11 UNISEC 10 Years Memorial Event
Feb. 12 Anual meeting of Satellite Lab
FebruaryUNISEC's proposal "Network Construction of Human Resource Development of Creative Science and Technology by Using CanSat and Nano-Satellite" was adopted as a research subject of Grant for promotion of Space Utilization by MEXT ( - end of FY2014). The project leader is Prof. Miyazaki.
Dec. 22 Year-end party
Dec. 12-13 Hands-on event of receipt of satellite radio wave at Saitama Prefectural Ohmiya Industrial High School
Nov. 11Prof. Miyazaki had a lecture "Foundation of satellite design by students and the significance of student satellite" in Space Engineering Course hosted by Space Engineering Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers that was the post-event of Satellite Design Contest.
Oct. 22Web site of nano-satellite NEXUS was open.
Sep. 3-5 Laboratory trip in Shinshu
Aug. 17 SIMPLE succeeded in the extension of Inflatable Extension Mast (IEM).
Aug. 4-5Open day of Funabashi campus
July MCE (Multi-mission Consolidated Equipment) that includes SIMPLE (experimental setup for Space Inflatable Pioneering Long-term Experiment) was mounted in HTV and launced by H-IIB rocket. It was successfully installed to Kibo's Exposed facility.
Apr. 25Prof. Miyazaki won the award "Best Paper in Gossamer Systems" with Dr. Hirotaka Sawada (JAXA) and co-researchers by the paper entitled "Mission Report on The Solar Power Sail Deployment Demonstration of IKAROS" at 52nd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference.
Apr. 1Dr. Masahiko Yamazaki was assigned to a research associate of our department.
FY2011 Mar. 29Prof. Miyazaki was awarded "Uchuu Shou" from the Space Engineering Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mar. 28The combined membrane structure verification satellite "SPROUT" proposed by Nihon University Nano-satellite Development Project Team (Satellite Lab) was selected as a piggy-back satellite for H-IIA rocket launch in FY2013.
Mar. 25Mr. Yamazaki received a degree of Doctor of Engineering from Nihon University.
Mar. 25Graduation ceremony
Feb. 17Final meeting of internship of laboratory research by junior students
Dec. 22Year-end party
Dec. 17Anual meeting of Satellite Lab
Dec. 4Winter experimental workshop of Utsukusi-Gakuen local association for children as an activity of Mrai-Hakase-Kobo of our college.
Nov. 30Prof. Miyazaki published a book "Making Satelliet - from design to launch - " from the publisher Ohmsha.
Nov.14 - Dec. 14Our laboratory co-hosted the 2nd CanSat Leader Training Program (CLTP2) with UNISEC at Funabashi campus. (Please see detail "here" and "here").
Sep. 18-20laboratory trip (Hokaido)
Aug. 15-16FM-3 of SEEDS and other staff related to nano-satellite was exhited at Chiba Museum of Science and Industry.
Jul. 30-31 Open day of Funabashi campus
Jul. 16-17 Our laboratory exhibited research products at "Sai-no-Kuni Shingaku fair" for junior high school students, and conducted a small lecture on space engineering and workshop of hand-made antenna and Origami.
May 15 Our laboratory conducted the experimental workshop of Funabashi Utsukusi-Gakuen local family club as an activity of Mirai-Hakase-Kobo.
MayAs the post activity of Space Structure Systems Research Group "S3", ALSS (advanced Light Structure Systems) research group was organized as a research group in the Space Engineering Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Prof. Miyazaki and Dr. Yamazaki joined the group.
Apr. 23Our laboratory member had a lecture on space engineering and conducted the workshop of hand-made antenna at Yuri's Night.
FY2010 Mar. 25Graduation ceremony
Mar. 11Great East Japan Earthquake
Feb. 25Prof. Miyazaki had an invited lecture "Role of University Nano-Satellite Program" at the Workshop on Satellite Technology held in Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
FebruaryProf. Miyazaki stayed for one month in England according to researcher abroad program (A) of Nihon University.
Dec. 24Year-end party
Dec. 18Anual meeting of Satellite Lab
Dec. 12Ms. Shoko Inoue, Mr. Ryo Hayase, Mr. Daisuke Fujii, Mr. Hiroyuki Kamemura, Mr. Keiji Ainoura, and Ms. Miyuki Saitoh won the UNISON Award by their presentation "Satellite Development and Freshman Training in Nihon University" in 9th UNISEC Workshop.
Sep. 9-11Laboratory trip (Minakami hot-spring)
Jul. 31 - Aug. 2Open day of Funabashi campus
JulyWe welcomed Ms. Tomoko Yamada as an assistant of our laboratory.
JuneSmall Solar Power Sail Demonstrator "IKAROS" that had launched in May 21 2010 succeeded the deployment of its sail membrane.
AprilFreshman program of Satellite Lab started.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Solution Structure of Gossamer Multi-body Dynamics" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Resaerch (B) of MEXT ( - end of FY2012).
FY2009 Mar. 31Prof. Nakamura retired. We missed Prof. so much.
Mar. 20We conducted laboratory alumni party.
May 10We exhibited our research products in the event "Space Education Project Mission ZERO" at National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. We introduced deployable structure and nano-satellite, and held a hands-on event of Miura-holding Origami and hand-made antenna.
Feb. 23We conducted a deployment experiment of 5m-class anti-debris device at Nagasaki city with QPS Research Institute as a Jaxa's research program.
JanuaryProf. Nakasuka's project ""New Paradigm of Space Development and Utilization by Nano-satellite" started. This project was one of the FIRST program funded by the Cabinet Office of Japan. Prof. Miyazaki participated in this project as a sub-theme leader and a co-researcher. The sub-theme was "Research on advanced design and component technology of nano-satellite". The research theme was "Research and development of deployable structure". ( - end of 2013).
Dec. 12Anual meeting of Satellite Lab
Nov. 5-6Our department exhibited a booth at Aerospace Industry Exhibition Tokyo. Our laboratory exhibited research products related to nano-satelites in that booth.
Nov. 1Mr. Masao Ikeda, Ms. Miki Itoh, Mr. Yasuhiro Kase, and Mr. Ryo Hayase won the award by Japan Space Forum and Best Model Award by their concept proposal "SPACE OFURO" in 17th Satellite Design Contest.
OctoberThe educational activity of our college "Assuarance of the ability of returning the profit to society and the level of bachelor through awareness education" led by Prof. Yoshio Aoki (Department of Precision and Machinery Engineering) was adopted as an educational subject of Good Practice program of MEXT ( - end of FY2011).
Sep. 23-24Laboratory trip (Nagatoro)
Sep. 14-19We participated in ARLISS with a CanSat that conducted the experiment of the ATV (Amateur Television).
Jul. 9Ms. Shoko Inoue won the Student session Tsukuba Executive Committee Award by her paper "Prediction Methods of Wrinkling in Thin-Membrane" in The 27th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science.
MayAs the post activity of ALSS research group, Space Structure Systems research group (S3) was organized as a research group in the Space Engineering Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers ( - end of FY2010). The organizer was Prof. Miyazaki.
Apr. 1A part of the research "Research on Advanced Light Structure Systems" led by Prof. Ken Higuchi (ISAS/JAXA) was received by Prof. Miyazaki as a contract research between ISAS and Nihon University.
Apr. 1The proposal by Prof. Sabro Matunaga (Tokyo Institute of Technology) "Research on Practical On-Orbit Servicing Systems Using Nano-Satellite Technologies" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) of MEXT ( - end of FY2011). Prof. Miyazaki joined the project.
FY2008 FebruaryProf. Nakamura changed his affiliation to Nihon University Research Institute.
Sep. 15-20We participated in ARLISS with ComeBack CanSats.
JulyThe Oscar number "CO-66" was given to SEEDS.
Jul. 2The representatives of Space Technology Institute (STI) of Vietnum Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) visited our laboratory. We showed our experimental setups in the laboratory and introduced our research activity and satelliet development.
Apr. 28Our second satellite "SEEDS-II" (sometimes called SEEDS) was launched by PSLV-C9 rocket from Satish Dawan Space Center in India. The satellite was injected into a sun-synchronous orbit with about 630km altitude. SEEDS-II has been operated well.
AprilThe research and development project "Research on Advanced Light Structure Systems" started with the support of ISAS Strategic Development and Research Grant ( - end of FY2010). Prof. Miyazaki joined the project.
April Mr. Yamazaki and Mr. Katayama conducted the flight operation of SEEDS at the Satish Dawan Space Center in India.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's prolosal "Structural Design of Membrane in Large Membrane Space Structure" was adopted as a research subject of Research Grant for Indivisual Research of Nihon University.
FY2007 MarchFinal check of SEEDS was conducted at University of Toronto. After that, SEEDS was delivered to India.
Feb. 14The symposium on career education was held in Tsuboi elementary school. Mr. Yamazaki had an invited lecture about satellites and deployable structures.
Dec. 8-9We co-hosted UNISEC Workshop with UNISEC at Funabashi campus.
Nov. 28Students in Tsuboi elementary school visited our laboratory as the internship project of Chiba Prefecture. We introduced our activities using satellite models and Origami of deployable structures.
Sep. 21SEDSIC Pre-Conference Workshop was held at Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), and Prof. Miyazaki had an invited lecture "CubeSat "SEEDS" -Launch of Japanese CubeSat with Indian Rocket-"
Sep. 12-14We participated in ARLISS with ComeBack CanSats.
AugustThe educational activity of our college "Awake of indivisual autonomy and creativity by Mirai-Hakase-Kobo (Future-Doctore-Laboratory)" led by Prof. Akiyoshi Itoh (Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering) was adopted as a educational subject of Good Practice program of MEXT ( - end of FY2009). Satellite Lab was established.
JulyThe launch of SEEDS was postponed (until next April).
Jul. 6-7We exhibited our research products related to nano-satellites and CanSats at Nichidai Fair held in Takasaki city.
JuneSEEDS-II was completely developed and exported to University of Toronto.
May 28The research proposal "Space verification of space inflatable structure SIMPLE" led by Prof. Takahira Aoki (University of Tokyo) was adopted as the candidate of one of the secondary mission of JEM exposure equipment of JAXA. Prof. Miyazaki participated in the project.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Research on inflatable membrane structure system for anti-debris of nano-satellite" was adopted as a research subject of Research Grant for Specially Promoted Research (C) of Nihon University College of Science and Technology ( for one year).
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's Proposal "Structure-preserving numerical method of gossamer multi-body dynamics" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Resaerch (B) of MEXT ( - end of FY2009).
FY2006 Mar. 25Mr. Kosuke Arita won the student award of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science 2006.
NovemberALSS (Advanced Light Structure Systems) research group was established. Prof. Miyazaki joined ARLSS.
Oct. 30The voice data for the digi-talker of SEEDS was recorded at Tsuboi elementary school.
Oct. 29Mr. Masahiko Yamazaki, Mr. Akira Yamaguchi, Mr. Yuta Araki, Mr. Kosuke Arita, Mr. Akira Urita, Mr. Ikko Okazaki, Mr. Takashi Kameyama, Mr. Junya Taneda, Mr. Yuta Chiba, and Mr. Takafumi Masuda won the Best Design Award by their design proposal "PRIMROSE" in 14th Satellite Design Contest.
Sep. 29-30We exhibited the research products related to the launch of SEEDS at Nichidai Fair held in Utsunomiya.
Sept. 20-22We participated in ARLISS with the CanSat for the BBM of next satellite "SPRIOUT".
AugustWe engaged the launch of a CubeSat by Indian PSLV rocket with University of Toronto.
Jul. 27SEEDS was launched from Baikonur Space Center by Dnepr-LV7 rocket, which was a cluster launch of 17 satellites with 13 CubeSats. The launch was failed by the trouble of the first stage engine of Dnepr.
AprilProf. Miyazaki assumed a visiting associate professor of ISAS/JAXA ( - end of FY2007).
FY2005 NovemberWe participated in USSS.
Oct. 1Prof. Nakamura assumed the deputy dean at Funabashi campus of Nihon University College of Science and Technology ( - September 2008).
Sep. 21-23We participated in ARLISS with ComeBack CanSats. The young team consisting of sophmore and junior students also participated in ARLISS with "SAROS".
Aug. 10The Come Back Competition was held firstly at Noshiro Space Event. Our laboratory firstly participated in the event, and a young team consisting of sophmore and junior students participated in the competition by a CanSat "SAROS" that is a hybrid of fly-back and roevr-back CanSat.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Formulation of dynamics model of unmanned autonomous flight system by control of para-foil using flexible multi-body dynamics" was adopted as a research subject of Research Grant of the Futaba Electronics Memorial Foundation (for one year).
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki&'s proposal "High-precision dynamic simulation and construction of similarity rule of large membrane deployable space structure" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) ( - end of FY2006).
FY2004 Mar. 25Mr. Nobuaki Kinoshita won a honor prize of Nihon University 2004.
Mar. 25Mr. Nobuaki Kinoshita won the student award of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science 2004.
Dec. 13We participated in the Come Back Competition held in Kyushu. Our CanSat recorded 29m unofficially, and we won the Jury's special award.
NovemberTHe launch of SEEDS was postponed. The launch was postponed for several times until July 2006.
Nov. 13-14We participated in USSS.
Sep. 24-26We participated in ARLISS with ComBack CanSats.
SeptemberOur laboratory's first Cubesat "SEEDS" was completely developed, and exported to CalPloy.
FY2003 Mar, 26Prof. Miyazaki won the achievement award from the Space Engineering Division of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mar. 25Mr. Yohei Hamamot won the Kimura Memorial Award.
Mar. 25Mr. Satoshi Okino won the student award of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science 2003.
DecemberWe engaged the launch of CubeSat "SEEDS" by Russian rocket Dnepr with California Ploytechnic State University (CalPloy).
NovemberProf. Miyazaki won the Research Award (education and technology division) of Nihon University College of Science and Technology by the activity "Practical education project of space engineering through development of nano-satellite".
Nov, 29We participated in the 2nd Itakura Competition (called off by rain).
Nov. 14-16We participated in USSS.
Sep. 26-28We developed a ComBack CanSat "CBC" and a formation flight CanSat "FFC", and participated in ARLISS.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Estimation of deformation of gossamer space structure and improvement of its shape accuracy" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid for Scientifica Research (C) of MEXT ( - end of FY2004).
FY2002 Mar. 25Ms. Yuka Iwai won the Kimura Memorial Award.
Mar. 25Ms. Yuka Iwai won a honor prize of Nihon University 2002.
Mar. 25Ms. Kanako Daigo won the student award of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science 2002.
Nov. 8-10We participated in USSS.
Oct. 27Ms. Yuka Iwai, Mr. Masataka Hirajo, Mr. Yohei Hamamoto, Ms. Kanako Daigo, Mr. Shigeki Uchiyama, Mr. Satoshi Okino, Mr. Kazuma Sase, and Mr. Masakatsu Nakane won the Encouragement Award by their design proposal "LIVE=SAT" in 11th Satellite Design Contest.
Ms. Kanako Daigo, Mr. Masataka Hirajo, Ms. Yuka Iwai, Mr. Shigeki Uchiyama, Mr. Satoshi Okino, Mr. Kazuma Sase, Mr. Masakatsu Nakane, and Mr. Takeshi Maruki won Society for Promotion of Space Science Award by their concept proposal "Space Cooking" in 11th Satellite Design Contest.
Oct. 26We participated in the first Come Back Competition in Japan "Itakura Competition".
Sept. 30Prof. Miyazaki came back to Japan after one year's research in U.S.A.
Aug. 2-4We developed a ComBack CanSat and a BBM of CubeSat "CubeCan", and participated in ARLISS.
FY2001 Mar. 25Mr. Hiroshi Isobe won the Kimura Memorial Award.
Mar. 25Mr. Hiroyuki Tsukamoto won the student award of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science.
NovemberWe participated in USSS.
Oct. 21Mr. Masataka Hirajo, Mr. Masahisa Inoue, Mr. Yusuke Ohkawa, Mr. Masanori Sakaino, Mr. Koji Nomura, and Mr. Shunsuke Hinuma won "Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Science" Award by their design proposal "Egg-shaped satellite SUCUSUCU" in 9th Satellite Design Contest.
Sept. 11Prof. Miyazaki was sent to Universty of Colorado at Boulder as a visiting researcher ( - September 2002).
AugustWe participated in ARLISS with a ComeBack CanSat and a CanSat for technology verification of sensor system and communication system. Come Back Competition was established.
Apr. 1The joint proposal by Prof. Nakamura and Prof. Miyazaki entitled "Dynamics of nano-satellite with large membrane structure" was adopted as a research subject of Research Grant for General Joint Research of Nihon University.
AprilWe started the development of CubeSat.
FY2000 Mar. 25Mr. Tsuyoshi Kodama won a honor prize of Nihon University 2000.
MarchSkiing camp
DecemberEducational project in our department "Comprehensive engineering and education of creative design and manufacturing through development of nano-satellite" was adopted as a research subject of Grant for private university of MEXT (FY2000-FY2003). We introduced several facilities for development of nano-satellites.
DecemberOur laboratory conducted a deployment experiment of an inflatable tube under micro-gravity at JAMIC in Kami-Sunagawa, Hokkaido, which was followed by the research on inflatable structure and the launch of nano-satellite SPROUT.
11月We participated in USSS for the first time.
Oct. 22Mr. Koji Nomura, Mr. Hiroshi Isobe, Ms. Taeko Mizuno, Ms. Yukiko Yamazoe, and other 6 member won the Eoncouragement Award by their concept proposal "Storm Insider" in 8th Satellite Design Contest.
JulyOur laboratory developed three CanSats and firstly participated in ARLISS.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Behavior of inflatable structure under micro-gravity environment" was adopted as a reserch subject of Research Grant of Nihon University College of Science and Technology.
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki&s proposal "Dynamics of inflatable space structure" wa adopted as a research subject of Grant-in-Aid of Scientific Research (C) of MEXT ( - end of FY2002).
FY1999 NovemberOur laboratory firstly participated in Japan-US Space Systems Symposium (USSS). Prof. Twiggs of Stanford University proposed the concept of "CubeSat".
Oct. 17Ms. Yukiko Yamazoe, Ms. Taeko Mizuno, Mr. Hiroshi Isobe, Mr. Koji Nomura, and Mr. Toshiaki Fujii won Jury's Special Award by their design proposal "Survaival Satellite" in 7th Satellite Design Contest.
AugustLaboratory camp at Hakkaisan
FY1998 Oct. 18Mr. Masatoshi Okeda, Mr. Masaki Namaizawa and other laboratory member won Japan Society of Aeronautical and Space Science Award by theier design proposal "Flying Object Observation Satellite in Lunar Orbit" in 6th Satellite Design Contest.
SeptemberThe experimental subject "towing of glider" started as a theme in the class "Aeronautics experiment I" for sophmore students.
AugustLaboratory trip at Hakkaisan
Apr. 1Prof. Miyazaki's proposal "Behavior of Deployable Cable/Membrane structure under slack" was adopted as a research subject of Grant-in Aid for Encouragement of Scientists (A) of MEXT ( - end of FY1999).
Apr. 1Dr. Miyazaki was promoted to an assistant professor.
FY1997 AugustLaboratory camp at Hakkaisan
FY1996 AugustLaboratory camp at Hakkaisan
FY1995 AugustLaboratory camp at Hakkaisan
FY1994 Mar. 25Mr. Toru Nagai won a honor prize of Nihon University.
FebruarySkiing camp at Hakodate
AugustLaboratory camp at Hakkaisan
Apr. 1Prof. Nakamura was promoted to a full professor.
FY1993 AugustLaboratory camp at Hakkaisan
Apr. 1Dr. Yasuyuki Miyazaki was assigned to a research associate of our department.
FY1992 FebruarySkiing camp
AugustLaboratory camp at Karuizawa
FY1991 Apr. 1Dr. Yoshitaka Nakamura was assigned to a associate professor of our department. Our laboratory was newly established in the department.

College of Science and Technology, Nihon University
Department of Aerospace Engineering
Miyazaki and Yamazaki Laboratory
College of Science and Technology, Nihon University
7-24-1 Narashinodai, Funabashi, Chiba 274-8501, Japan
e-mail: asel (at) forth.aero.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp