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Micro-satellite Development and Utilization for Earth Observation

11-12 November, 2013
Universidade de São Paulo

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Date / Time

November 11 (Mon.) 14:30-18:00 and November 12 (Tue.) Morning -17:00


Amphitheater Prof. Paulo Ribeiro de Arruda, Electrical Engineering Building, Escola Politécnica, Universidade de São Paulo



Contact / Registration

Contact Dr. Nilton Itiro Morimoto (morimoto@lsi.usp.br)




*Activity in UTokyo
The University of Tokyo has developed Micro/Nano-satellites (less than 50kg) and have already launched two 1kg satellites, which are the smallest in the world, and an 8kg earth observation satellite, which has a resolution of 30m on the ground surface. We have also completed the development of an 35kg astronomical observation satellite.

[Hodoyoshi Project]
This project is funded by the FIRST program of Japanese Cabinet's Office since 2010. The project's aim is to integrate researches on the architecture of Micro/Nano-satellites, component technology, development method, ground infrastructure such as ground station and experimental equipment, new usage, etc. In collaboration with many universities and corporations, we have realized the implementation of Micro/Nano-satellites and will be launching 3 earth observation satellites in 2013 to 2014.

[UNIFORM Project]
UTokyo run UNIFORM program in collaboration with Wakayama University. This is a program to support to develop the capability of other countries building Micro/Nano-satellites, and funded by Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). We will discuss the possibility of Brazilian engineers and students participating in the program.

*Aim of this workshop
Brazil which has a large landmass has needs of earth observation satellites to monitor forests and agricultural areas as well as disasters such as floods and wildfires. Furthermore, it is thought that national institutes including some universities are looking to increase their capability of developing their own satellites.
Therefore, in this session, we would like to focus on the subject of earth observation and discuss the possibility of the usage of Micro/Nano-satellites and topics of efficient monitoring. If possible, we would like to proceed to make several plans for joint observations.


November 11th

14:30 Micro/nano/pico-satellite Activities in Japan and Their Practical Applications - University of Tokyo, Professor Shinichi NAKASUKA
15:10 The Collaboration of Space Education and Capacity Building between Brazil and Japan - Wakayama University, Professor Hiroaki AKIYAMA
15:30 Introduction to Micro-satellite Capacity Building, "UNIFORM Project" - Next-generation Space System Technology Research Association (NESTRA) - Eriko YAMAMOTO
16:00 Coffee break
16:30 Pico satellites activities at USP – Universidade de São Paulo –Dr. Nilton Morimoto
16:50 ITASAT project activities – ITA – Lidia Hissae Shibuya
17:10 Test and Integration Lab – INPE – Dr. Geilson Loureiro
17:30 Discussion concerning collaboration possibilities between Brazil and Japan
18:00 End Session

November 12th

Morning Visit to main R&D Labs at USP
Clean room and ground station labs – LSI/PSI/EPUSP
SMT (Surface Mounting Technology) Lab – LSI/PSI/EPUSP
12:00 LUNCH
13:30 Brazilian Space Agency plans for small satellites – AEB - Dr. Carlos Alberto Gurgel Veras
14:00 14-BiSat project and QB-50 initiative – UFF - Prof. Cedric Salotto Cordeiro
14:30 CONASAT – Nanosatelites constellation project – INPE Natal - Prof. Manoel Mafra de Carvalho
15:00 Education action to promote satellites technologies – CGE – Dr. Jackson Maia
15:20 Coffee break
16:00 Discussion concerning collaboration possibilities between Brazil and Japan
17:00 End Session


Shinichi Nakasuka Professor, School of Engineering, UTokyo
Hiroaki Akiyama Professor, Institute for Education on Space, Wakayama University
Eriko Yamamoto Researcher, Next-generation Space systems Technology Research Association
Nilton Itiro Morimoto Professor, USP
Lidia Hissae Shibuya ITA
Geilson Loureiro Doctor, INPE
Carlos Alberto Gurgel Veras AEB
Cedric Salotto Cordeiro Professor, UFF
Jackson Maia CGE
Nelson Chuck INPE