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3.
Space,
Environment
and
Information

Hokkaido Information University (HIU) is on the cutting edge of teaching with ICT and three research fields such as “Education, Knowledge and Information ”; “Food, Health and Information” ; and “Space, Environment and Information.”

3. Space, Environment and Information

Space,Environment and information

In collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) · Space Engineering
Development Co., Ltd. (SED), Hokkaido Information University (HIU) contributes to the
developments of rocket, satellite and planetary exploration for the future of space business

Space development has been expected to drive the economy. After transferring of H-IIA rocket development and launch operation from JAXA to Private Business Operators in Japan, the space development and the research/technology derived from the space development are accelerated. The satellite observation and monitoring of the earth environment and Global Navigation Satellite System are used in disaster as well as the understanding of space and the earth environments. Japan will act as leader for space development and in the field of the use of space and the space application.

Challenge in advanced research

In 2013, HIU established Space Information System Course in System Information Department to focus on human resource development to support the space development. Students are learning the knowledge and the skills that are required in business on the use of space, space application, investigation of space and the earth environment, and the development of high-quality high-reliability systems.

First lectures in Japan by researchers and
engineers involved in the field of space exploration

First lectures in Japan by researchers and engineers involved in the field of space exploration

Subjects:
Introduction to Space Development
Fundamentals of Space Technology
Space Development and Information Systems Remote Sensing and Space Information Space Information Practice.

Space Engineering Development Co., Ltd. (SED) of eDC group (HIU belongs to) collaborates on satellite launch and space development of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). As information and communication technology (ICT) is essential in space exploration, HIU has developed a curriculum of space information system course with SED and JAXA. The researchers and the engineers have lectures for students in HIU.

Hokkaido Information University
Faculty of Business Administration and Information Science Department of System and Informatics
Space Information Center

Space Information System Course
Telecommunication, Satellite communication, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and Earth observation satellites are generating ‘Big Data’ (space information) essential to human activities. As information and communication technology (ICT) is essential in space exploration, Hokkaido Information University (HIU) has developed a curriculum of space information system course with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Space Engineering Development Co., Ltd. (SED). The researchers and the engineers have lectures for students in HIU. Students learn the knowledge and the technologies necessary for the space industry and other space development-related projects.

Effective usage of information and communication technologies
(ICT) for big data in the field of space development

The space business is expanding to navigation system, games, weather forecasting, investigation of environment, the earth resource exploration, tourism information and smartphone apps, with imagination and creativity, by the use of big data from space.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
in Space development

Prof. Dr.
Shigeto Watanabe

Shigeto Watanabe

Satellite and Planetary spacecraft are in control by themselves as an advanced robot. A computer installed on the satellite operates the attitude control, data handling/processing and communication with the earth. ICT is a key technology in the space development. Over 300 companies in Japan are associated with the field of space development and space application, and over 7000 engineers are working in this field. HIU students are learning the knowledge and the skills required in the space development.

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