One of the highlights of the Inc63, which will start in April, is the Kounotori No. 9 flight. Kounotori Unit 9 is equipped with a new microscope (live imaging system). With this, the development of life science research in space can be expected. The Inc63 is also expected to be the first manned flight of a spacecraft developed by a US company.
At Kibo, activities to make the ISS a place of economic activity continue to advance. JAXA has selected a private operator for the microsatellite launch project and plans to launch the hottest small satellites this year. In addition, we plan to install an Earth observation camera made by Spanish space venture handed over by Space BD to the outboard platform. In addition, we have begun preparations for the Kibo Space Broadcasting Station Technology Demonstration as a new use of Kibo. In addition, as a part of the Kibo robot programming challenge, a programming competition using JAXA and NASA ISS onboard drones will be held. In this way, missions in multiple fields are planned to produce the results of using Kibo, and the increment team will work together to ensure the mission is realized.