Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, School of Engineering
Space transportation systems play a key role in space development to realize safe, affordable access to space from the Earth as well as efficient, reliable transfer in space. This decade has seen unprecedented increase in the launch of technological and commercial satellites, and growing interest and demand in space transfer for various purposes such as space utilization with micro-satellite platforms, scientific exploration of deep space, and space tourism using reusable space vehicles. Space systems and their payloads undergo severe environments throughout the mission phases including launch, deployment, operation, and re-entry that differ considerably from those on the ground. This necessitates concurrent system engineering approaches taking all factors into account for successful accomplishment of the mission objectives by ensuring maximum possible performance and adequate safety within given technological, environmental, and budgetary constraints. Thorough understanding of physical phenomena and their influence on the performance is essential to the design, development, and operation of space transportation systems. Our Laboratory actively conducts multidisciplinary research on space systems, missions, and propulsion technologies by taking full advantage of multi-directional approaches based on numerical simulation, experiment, and theory coupled with cutting-edge techniques including evolutionary optimization, machine/deep
learning, and super-parallel computation, in collaboration with various international and national institutes including JAXA.
Aerothermal phenomena in scramjet (supersonic combustion ramjet) engine
Overview of sequence and environment for future space mission to Moon/Mars