Why Do People Venture Into Space?
Kawasaki Supports the Quest for the Possibilities Inherent in Space Exploration.

Satellites are ceaselessly helping to make peoples’ lives easier and safer, for example, by delivering useful weather information and location data. The possibilities of further space development involving satellites continue to stimulate our hopes and expectation for their wider applications. Satellites, to be sure, would not be up in space without space rockets, and the technologies accumulated at Kawasaki over many years and trust relationships between Kawasaki and satellite projects’ team members have been key factors in supporting successful rocket launches.

Interview

Japan’s Largest Liquid Hydrogen Storage Tank. The Intricacies of Keeping Hydrogen at -253°C.
Hiroto Sato

The Tanegashima Space Center, with its Liquid Hydrogen Storage (LHS) facilities for the storage and supply of the liquid hydrogen (LH2) that powers rockets into space, is home to Japan’s largest liquid storage hydrogen tank.The techniques used for reducing evaporation from the vast quantity of liquid hydrogen needed for a space rocket launch are built on some of Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ unrivaled technological strengths.

Japan Boasts the World’s Largest Sliding Door.It Has Become a Gateway into Space.
Hideki Mori

The Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) is the assembly hangar for large-scale rockets at the Tanegashima Space Center, which is run by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).The sliding door of the VAB where the rockets are assembled and readied for launching is one of the highlights of Kawasaki’s technology. As a matter of fact, it is the largest of its kind in the world.

Cooperation across Company Divides-The Precondition to a Successful Launch
Akio Miyamoto × Jun-ichi Sugimoto

"Although their companies may differ, being engineers in the space business is our common ground. They may take pride in different things, but they also know that no achievement comes from seeking only their own advantage. There is no substitute for helping one another and mutually relying on the other’s technical skills."(Sugimoto)

The Key to Space is Not Only Technology, but Also Having Faith in the Launch
Akio Miyamoto × Jun-ichi Sugimoto

"You can sense that there is a foundation of mutual respect between all of those involved in launch preparations. I believe that everybody understands that no single manufacturer or individual can make a launch project a success. The bonds first established 45 years ago have strengthened year after year."(Miyamoto)