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  • Japanese-Russian Cooperation on International Space Station Now and in the Future

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    Dr. Igor Sorokin, S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Russia


    Mr. Mitsuyasu Kato, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan


    Mr. Tai Nakamura, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan


    Ms. Chie Saito, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Japan



    Cooperation of Japan and Russia on the Russian segment of the
    International Space Station (ISS RS) can be an example of the international partners' fruitful teamwork on carrying out of experiments and researches in space on a long-term basis.
    Prior to the beginning of activity on the ISS a significant experience of teamwork has already been accumulated by both countries on board the Russian "Mir" orbital station. However this cooperation was developed to its full capacity only with setting in operation the Russian Service Module of the ISS in 2000. This event was preceded with the serious spade-work which has begun in 1998. 
    The first Japanese experiments on the ISS RS became MPACSEED (Micro Particles Capturer and Space Environment Exploratory Device) on investigation of micrometeorite conditions in the ISS orbit and studying of influence of space environment conditions on some materials and elements of electronics, and also HDTV (High Density TeleVision) on studying of methods of high density television use on the ISS in interests of a telemedicine, Earth observation, public affairs. Pocari SWEAT experiment became one of the interesting HDTV applications in area of "space advertising".
    The experiments are carried out within the framework of the first official Japanese-Russian program which is implemented at the Space agencies level - Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Federal Space Agency of Russia (Roskosmos). The program has the long-term status, and results of researches will be used at operation of the Japanese Experimental Module "Kibo" which should enter the ISS structure in 2007. 
    The second significant stage of the Japanese - Russian cooperation on the ISS became a series of six experiments on proteins crystals growth GCF/JCF (Granada Crystallization Facility/JAXA Crystallization Facility). Four of them are already implemented. The main purpose of these experiments is to get under microgravity conditions new proteins crystals of such quality which is unattainable under Earth gravity conditions.
    In 2004 preparation of the new significant joint project is started. It is series of JAXA's experiments for growing of so-called photonic crystals under microgravity conditions. This nanotechnology project becomes the third direction of two countries cooperation in space. At a stage of study there are some more experiments which have a different degree of technical complexity. They, probably, will become a part of this mutual enriching process.    
    Undoubtedly, after starting of the Japanese "Kibo" module utilization in structure of the International Space Station cooperation of Russia and Japan will pass on qualitatively new level. In basis of this future cooperation are our present achievements. 
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