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Sora to Sora

"Sora to Sora" is a public relations magazine introduces activities of Aerospace Research and Development Directorate, JAXA. We have been developing technical research relative to "Sora (the sky)" is where planes fly and "Sora (space)" is where spacecraft fly for the further development of aerospace technology. Please take a look at the activities through "Sora to Sora"

No.51 2013 Jan./feb.

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    Resolving spacecraft and aircraft sound issues through numerical analysis
    Heroes behind the scene

No.50 2012 Nov./Dec.

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Developing an easy-to-use strain measurement system
What is the key technology for the next liquid hydrogen fuel tank?
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Strain measurement systems

No.49 2012 Sep./Oct.

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"A compact, energy-efficient and highly reliable" air revitalization system going into space
Development of aeroassist technologies for future planetary explorations

No.48 2012 Jul./Aug.

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Development of a commercially competitive thruster
Cryocooler technology giving rise to a cryogenic world
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Space and temperature

No.47 2012 May./Jun.

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The day when space becomes a part of our everyday lives

No.46 2012 Mar./Apr.

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Realizing a debris-free outer space

No.45 2012 Jan./Feb.

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"Time-Resolved PIV" - Capturing the Unsteady Flow
"LIPS" - Measurement inside a combustor by using light

No.44 2011 Nov./Dec.

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Allow me to introduce myself. I am the small demonstration satellite 4 (SDS-4).

No.43 2011 Sep./Oct.

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Conceiving disaster management from the sky
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The Amphibians - Aircraft that soars from the water

No.42 2011 Jul./Aug.

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Aiming at lightweight, high-efficiency solar cells
Realizing a super-low-altitude artificial satellite

No.41 2011 May/Jun.

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Whole transonic wind tunnel analysis
Method of global surface pressure measurement for an oscillating wing

No.40 2011 Jan./Feb.

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Aiming at realizing environment-friendly aviation fuel
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Rules for the global sky

No.39 2010 Nov./Dec.

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Simple electron emitters for space
Moving smoothly in any environment
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Ion engines

No.38 2010 Sep./Oct.

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Colleagues are Robots
Looking for a tool to see space in detail
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Telescopes - Equipment to learn more about space

No.37 2010 Jul./Aug.

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Flying freely
Aircraft flying the Martian sky
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Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

No.36 2010 May/Jun.

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In pursuit of engines with improved fuel efficiency
Lightweight construction made safe
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Fans - Large impellers at front of engines

No.35 2010 Mar./Apr.

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As if by magic, a model floats by magnetic force
What is the current state of nitrogen?
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Wind tunnels - Achieving the optimal shape

No.34 2010 Jan./Feb.

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Heat Rejection Technology
Safe Returns for Spacecraft
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The Heat Environment for Spacecraft

No.33 2009 Nov./Dec.

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Fabricating aircraft at lower cost
Developing a new material resistant to heat
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CFRP - Plastic and carbon's children

No.32 2009 Sep./Oct.

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Toward a 24h Rescue Operation
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The world we can see with infrared radiation

No.31 2009 Jul./Aug.

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Smooth Passage for an Artificial Satellite -Combustion Test Title-
Confortable Voyage for an Artificial Satellite -Numerical Analysis-
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Sound propagation

No.30 2009 May/Jun.

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How do satellite failures relate to the space environment?
Clarify the state of space
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What is an uchusen?

No.29 2009 Mar./Apr.

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Enhancing domestic wind tunnel technology to heighten Japan's competitiveness in international markets
Measuring drag with a drag count of 1
Serving as a national standard Wind tunnels

No.28 2009 Jan./Feb.

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A day when large artificial satellites solve our energy challenges
Looks unattached, but actually not

No.27 2008 Nov./Dec.

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Cosmic junk - "space debris"
Observe, Predict, Protect, and Mitigate

No.26 2008 Sep./Oct.

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Aiming for CFRP highly resistant to lightning strokes
Flying safely behind an aircraft
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Aircraft and meteorological conditions

No.25 2008 Jul./Aug.

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New technology for deploying satellite structures!
Research on the performance evaluation of heat-controlling materials with the aim of creating a database based on the adiabatic properties of the multilayer heat insulation blanket (MLI)
Digging into the ground of the moon

No.24 2008 May/Jun.

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Dramatically reducing noise
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Helicopter noise

No.23 2008 Mar./Apr.

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Using JAXA's equipment to develop an engine in Japan
R&D on the bipropellant engine system for orbital transformation and attitude control of spacecraft
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"Aircraft engine" and "satellite engine"

No.22 2008 Jan./Feb.

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Measuring Global Pressure on a Model Surface
Grasping the Flow Structure Precisely!
Observing Noises with Multiple Ears

No.21 2007 Nov./Dec.

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Recycling Safe and Healthy Water
Air Can be Safely Recycled, Too
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"Catalysts" and "Photocatalysts"

No.20 2007 Sep./Oct.

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Reducing noise annoyance
Predicting the shake of artificial satellites induced by booming roars
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Sound - Its properties

No.19 2007 Jul./Aug.

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Nice to meet you. I am SDS-1.
Communication equipment linking satellites with the ground

No.18 2007 May/Jun.

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The quest for reusable space planes capable of flying dozens of repeat missions
Research on reusable engines to be loaded on space planes

No.17 2007 Mar./Apr.

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Making Aircraft Lighter Using Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastics
New Efforts to Get Aircrafts Even Lighter
Lightweight Satellites Made from Plastic Foam?

No.16 2007 Jan./Feb.

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Space Environment Observing monitor to be installed on the Earth Environment Observer satellite
Capturing wind and air temperatures in Tokyo by helicopter!

No.15 2006 Nov./Dec.

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Toward the building of a reliable and durable satellite propulsion system
Space Propulsion with Higher Efficiency

No.14 2006 Sep./Oct.

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Space experiments to learn more about outer space
Solar cells that can be applied very easily to artificial satellites of any shape

No.13 2006 Jul./Aug.

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Improving the performance of space transportation with the thermal protection system
A major step towards a new CFD technology

No.12 2006 May/Jun.

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Research on ITBL
Discovering Unknown Asteroids with Moving-Object-Detection Software

No.11 2006 Mar./Apr.

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Research and Development of a High-Efficiency Solar Hybrid System for a Photo- and Thermo-Electric Generator
Toward a Lunar Soft Landing and Exploration

No.10 2006 Jan./Feb.

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Development of Air Precooler for Hypersonic Turbo Jet Engines
Research on a Fuel Cell System for Space

No.09 2005 Nov./Dec.

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JAXA Flight Trial of Scaled Experimental Supersonic Transport (SST) Successful
Studies on the Inverse Design Method for the Supersonic Natural Laminar Flow Wing
A Study of a Cryogenic Inducer

No.8 2005 Sep./Oct.

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Development of a Polyimide Resin for High Temperature Composite Materials
"Organized Research Combination System (ORCS)" - Turbulence Combustion Control - Project Completion Report
Study of Space Robot Technology

No.7 2005 Jul./Aug.

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Research on Helicopter Flying Method to Reduce Noise Annoyance
Implementation of Semi-free Jet Test in the Supersonic Engine Test Facility

No.6 2005 May/Jun.

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Research on an Environmentally Friendly Electric Fan for Aircraft
Large Reflector Autonomous Assembly System Using a Robotic Arm

No.5 2005 Apr. Special

"Return to Flight #1" [Extra number]

No.4 2005 Mar./Apr.

Research Introduction
Low Altitude Stationary Flight Testing
Aiming for Implementation of Safe and Efficient Transportation to Space

No.3 2005 Jan./Feb.

Research Introduction
ISS On-Board Experiments of the Micro-Particles Capturer and Space Environment Exposure Device
Realizing Eco-Friendly Combustion by Better Understanding the Nature of Flames
R&D on Aircraft On-Board Air Turbulence Detection Systems

No.2 2004 Nov./Dec.

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Cleaning Up the Space Junk
Technology to Make Aircraft Stronger and Lighter

No.1 2004 Sep./Oct.

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R&D works for the reliability enhancement of the H-IIA rocket
Aiming at the Application of PSP Technology to Real Aircraft Development
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