A survey of space structures research in Japan

Ken Higuchi*, Kosei Ishimura

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Citations (Scopus)


In the past decades, extensive researches about space structures have taken place in Japan from conceptual studies to practical mission studies. The recent holy grail of space structures is to establish the ultra-light, large and stable space structure with high precision and high packaging efficiency that is "Gossamer" space structure. This paper presents the summary of Japanese recent activities for the past several years for space structures research, and they are classified into five major divisions in this survey paper; concept, design, application, analysis, and experiment/test. On the whole, membrane and cable mesh structures have been studied intensively.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication17th AIAA/ASME/AHS Adaptive Structures Conf., 11th AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conf., 10th AIAA Gossamer Spacecraft Forum, 5th AIAA Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Specialist Conf., MDO
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc.
ISBN (Print)9781563479731
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference
ISSN (Print)0273-4508

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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