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September 18, 2018


JAXA has selected 22 projects for TansaX's fourth Request for Proposal


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), together with outside experts and technical specialists, has selected 22 projects for it's fourth Request for Proposal.
The total number of proposals received was 57.

Each project will start as soon as the contract between JAXA and the proponents is concluded.

The selected projects are listed under "Solution Creating Research","Ideas Incubating Research" or "TansaX Challenging Research"



Solution Creating Research


1.Development of distributed cooperative system


Multiple Robot System with Stochastic Exploration Area Navigation

Kazuto KAMIYAMA(TAKENAKA CORPORATION) and Yasuharu KUNII (Chuo University)


Development of a Material Supply System in Manufacturing Factory with Distributed Cooperative Swarm Robots

Rinto NAKAHARA (JOHNAN CORPORATION) with project members from Kyoto University


Development of Automated Guided Vehicle using Collective Movement Control Method For Swarm Robots

Hiraku SAKAI(Koganei Corporation) with project members from Tokyo Denki University


2.Research for industrial utilization of fluid type smart actuators (artificial muscles)


Development of Peristaltic Mixingpump for Slurry by using Artificial Muscle Actuator

Taro NAKAMURA(Solaris inc.) with project members from Chuo university and Bridgestone Corporation


3.Automatic transportation and assembling technologies of structure


Research on labor saving by automating forestry machine system (Operation on the lunar surface of forestry machine system)

Shigeo KITAHARA (KUMAGAI GUMI CO.,LTD.) with project members from SUMITOMO FORESTRY CO.,LTD., KYC Machine Industry Co.,Ltd.,KATO WORKS CO.,LTD. and IHI Corporation


4.Research and development for high-performance radar systems for advanced information and telecommunication


Development of High Performance Marine Radar

Kazuhiko KAIGA (Koden Electronics Co., Ltd.)


5.Research on innovative fuel cells


Development of a scalable regenerative fuel cell system as a completely isolated power supply

Kiyoshi HIROKAWA (Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.) with project members from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,Ltd. and Japan Agency for Marine-earth Science and Technology


Research and development on scalable fuel cell rotary production technologies and dedicated materials

Takuya HASEGAWA with project members from MITSUI & CO., LTD.


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Ideas Incubating Research


6.Research and development on inflatable structures


Conceptual system design of a deployable inflatable structure

Shigeru AOKI (Shimizu Corporation) with project members from Taiyo Kogyo Corporation
and Setsunan University


Research on extremely thin and extremely lightweight inflatable structure by utilizing polyimide films

Daisuke YAMAGUCHI(Saitama University)


7.Intelligent construction machine


The Control method study using AI, IoT technology to realize autonomous motion of excavating machine (Road Header)

Hiromichi TAKANO (Mitsui Miike Machinery Co., Ltd)


8.Acquisition of lunar subsurface information


Visualization of subsurface distribution of electrical property based on ultra wide-band measurement of electromagnetic wave

Tada-nori GOTO (Kyoto University) with project members from Nagoya University and Kawasaki Geological Engineering Co. Ltd.


9.Effective utilization of unused resources


Functional Materials Producution from Irreducible Oxides by Hydrogen Reducition System

Takayuki WATANABE(Kyushu University) with project members from H4 Co., Ltd.
and Nakanishi Metal Works Co., Ltd.


10. Additive manufacturing (AM) technology


①Study on manufacturing the pavement material using lunar regolith
②Study on constructing the road on lunar surface which rover can run

Akiyoshi HANYU(NICHIREKI CO.,Ltd)


11. Water-saving plant cultivation system using dry fog in future lunar farming


Development of indoor dry fog cultivation system with enhanced water use efficiency

Yosuke HIROSAKA(H. IKEUCHI & CO., Ltd.)



12.Compact protein production system without cereal crops


Development of a small scale and efficient protein production platform utilizing edible microalga, Spirulina

Takanori HOSHINO (Chitose Laboratory Corp.) with project members from Tavelmout Corp., and IHI Aerospace Co., Ltd.


13.Power generation technology using heat capacity of lunar regolith


None

None


14.Research and development of reliable and small cryocooler technology


Development of reliable and compact Stirling cooler

Jun KOMADA (TWINBIRD CORPORATION)


15.Research on wavelength conversion materials for solar cells


TBD

TBD


16.Research and development for space wireless sensor and energy harvester


Research of Super-compact Harness-free Sensor Systems for Wireless Health Monitoring to Equipment in a Space Craft

Kenjiro NISHIKAWA(Kagoshima University) with project members from Toyo Tech Industory Inc.,NEC Corporation and Beacon Technologies Inc.


Basic research on thermal harvester using Seebeck element.

Kazuyuki MURATA (Actronics Co.,Ltd.) with project members from Sensor Controls Co.,Ltd.,Moriya Cutlery Laboratory, Ltd.,Shimane Institute for Industrial Technology and Tokushima University


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TansaX Challenging Research


17.TansaX challenging research


Development of “EnvironScent” which contributes to mitigating psychological pressure and stress in a confined space

Akiko KODAMA (SHISEIDO CO.,Ltd.)


Sustainable food/protein production by symbiotic recycling culture system combining algae and animal cells

Tatsuya SHIMIZU(Tokyo Women's Medical University) with project members from Integriculture Inc.



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