Hypervelocity Impact Experiments Room
PERC has set up a laboratory to experimentally investigate the role of hypervelocity impacts through the Earth’s history. We simulate these impacts using a projectile launcher to understand impact outcomes after such collisions. More specifically, we take images with a high-speed video camera, conduct spectroscopic observations with a high-speed spectrometers, and measure the chemical composition of impact-generated gases using a quadrupole mass spectrometer.
Mars Environment Simulation Chamber
Mars environmental simulation chamber is a vacuum chamber about 1m large to simulate the surface environment of Mars. It recreates the temperatures, pressures and chemical composition of the Martian atmosphere.
Meteorites Analyses Laboratory
To understand the solar system’s origins and evolution, we are analyzing and conducting research on petrological and mineralogical studies of Apollo Lunar samples and variable classes of meteorites originated from extraterrestrial bodies, using with multiple analytical instruments, in multidisciplinary approaches and a range of spatial scales.
Satellite Operation Room
We compute the satellite orbit by the specific software and predict the time the satellite arrival passing over our ground station. The antenna is controlled to track.
Satellite Communication Antennas
Communication with our satellite can be conducted using the satellite communication antennae at Chiba Institute of Technology: U-band uplink (400 MHz approx.) with cross-dipole antenna to send commands and S-band downlink (2 GHz approx.) with 2m diameter antenna to receive telemetry data. These antennae are refurbished and placed on a rooftop of 20-story building (altitude 100m) so as to avoid any interference from surrounding buildings. Our ground station has already communicated with many satellites including our satellite S-CUBE.
Laser-induced Breakdown Spectroscopy System (LIBS)
LIBS is able to measure the chemical composition of distant samples by laser irradiation. In our laboratory, we can test the LIBS measurement under various planetary conditions by placing the samples in a temperature-controllable vacuum chamber.
Fundamental experiments and morphological observations using microorganisms are conducted at this facility. A room is also set up for cleaning and sterilization of various precision equipment in a clean room environment.
Planetary Exploration Technology Development Room
This facility is equipped with measurement and testing instruments to develop our equipment on spacecraft. It is also available for basic experiment, calibration tests, and assembly of flight modules.