ISS and Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo"

At the International Space Station (ISS) flying 400 kilometers above the Earth, astronauts reside and perform various scientific experiments.
The Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” has a special feature of the Exposed Facility, where an experiment can be conducted outside the ISS (= an experiment instrument is exposed to the space environment), in addition to the inside facility.

Approx. 650 Japanese companies engaged in the development and the operation of KIBO.

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System Integration JAXA

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Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section ■ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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Pressurized Module (PM) ■ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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PM Experimental devices ■ Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd

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Robotic Arm (the Main Arm) ■ NEC Corporation

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Robotic Arm (the Small Fine Arm) ■ Hitachi, Ltd.

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JEM Airlock ■ Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

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Guidance and Control components ■ NEC Corporation

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Power System ■ Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

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Exposed Facility (EF) ■ IHI AEROSPACE Co., Ltd.

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Inter-orbit Communication System (ICS) ■ NEC Corporation

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Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section (ELM-ES) ■ IHI AEROSPACE Co., Ltd.

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Operations ■ Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation
■ TIS Inc.
■ Advanced Engineering Services Co., Ltd.
■ Mitsubishi Space Software Co., Ltd.
■ SPACE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd.

System Integration JAXA
Experiment Logistics Module-Pressurized Section ■ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Pressurized Module (PM) ■ Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
PM Experimental devices ■ Mitsubishi Precision Co., Ltd
Robotic Arm (the Main Arm) ■ NEC Corporation
Robotic Arm (the Small Fine Arm) ■ Hitachi, Ltd.
JEM Airlock ■ Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Guidance and Control components ■ NEC Corporation
Power System ■ Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Exposed Facility (EF) ■ IHI AEROSPACE Co., Ltd.
Inter-orbit Communication System (ICS) ■ NEC Corporation
Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section (ELM-ES) ■ IHI AEROSPACE Co., Ltd.
Operations ■ Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation
■ TIS Inc.
■ Advanced Engineering Services Co., Ltd.
■ Mitsubishi Space Software Co., Ltd.
■ SPACE ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT Co., Ltd.

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