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RIKEN Baton Zone Program Satellite Orbital State Control Laser Laboratory

Team Leader: Tadanori_Fukushima (M.A.E./M.S.A.E.)
Deputy Team Leader: Takayo Ogawa (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

Tadanori_Fukushima Takayo Ogawa

The increasing number of nonfunctional satellites and other space debris in space is an important issue worldwide. In order to solve this problem, this team will develop a laser ablation subsystem onboard a satellite that can remove nonfunctional satellites by stopping rotation and moving them without contact from a distance using the thrust generated by pulsed laser ablation (a phenomenon in which materials are ejected from the surface by plasma or vaporization when materials are irradiated with high-energy laser beams).

[Integrated Collaborative Research with SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation.]

Main Research Fields

  • Engineering


  • space
  • laser
  • space debris
  • ablation
  • propulsion

Selected Publications

Papers with an asterisk(*) are based on research conducted outside of RIKEN.

  • 1. Katsuhiko Tsuno, Satoshi Wada, Takayo Ogawa, Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, Tadanori Fukushima, Daisuke Hirata, Jun Yamada, and Yuki Itaya.:
    "Impulse measurement of laser induced ablation in a vacuum"
    Optics Express. Vol. 28, Issue 18, pp. 25723-25729 (2020)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Tadanori Fukushima
Team Leader

Core members

Takayo Ogawa
Deputy Team Leader
Toshikazu Ebisuzaki
Senior Scientist
Marco Casolino
Research Scientist
Masayuki Maruyama
Research Scientist
Katsuhiko Tsuno
Technical Staff I
Yoshiharu Kawai
Technical Staff I
Yuki Itaya
Visiting Scientist

Contact Information

W416 Cooperation Center
2-1, Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Email: tadanori.fukushima [at] riken.jp