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SPACETIDE 2021 Spring: Annual Conference


SPACETIDE works across industries paving the way to access new space business. The main conference, which has been held annually since 2015, has been an important platform where individuals such as entrepreneurs, investors, engineers, designers, and researchers can interact with organizations such as space ventures, major aerospace companies, non-space companies, and government agencies. The concept of our 5th conference, SPACETIDE 2021 Spring, is ‘the beginning of the space commercialization phase’. Although the space industry already has significant funding and has seen technological developments to complement a variety of visions held by space actors, the widespread commercialization of the industry has just begun. The trend is spreading not only within the United States and various European countries, but also to Asian countries. This year, more than 60 speakers from over 10 countries/regions will gather to discuss topics at the forefront of the industry. We invite you to participate in SPACETIDE 2021 Spring.


Info & Schedule

Date, Time and Location

Day 1 (virtual event)
– Date and Time (Japanese Standard Time) : March 23 (Tue), 2021. 09:00-19:00
– Location : EventHub (online event platform):

Day 2 (in-person event)
– Date and Time (Japanese Standard Time) : March 24 (Wed), 2021. 09:15-16:30 (doors will open at 08:30)
– Location : Tokyo Toranomon Hills Mori Tower 5th floor, 1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato-ku, 105-6390 Tokyo, Japan. (Directly connected to B1 Exit of Toranomon Hills Station of the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
Access Map :
* The recordings for both Day 1 and Day 2 will be available to purchase for specific Ticket holders . Please check the Ticket Type for details before you purchase.
* Simultaneous interpretation in Japanese and English is available1. We will inform you how to view th recording after your purchase.


Ticket Type

Ticket A :
30,000JPY (Approx. 300USD)(Only 60 tickets available)
Day 1 virtual participation + Day2 in-person participation *1 *2 *3

Ticket B :
10,000JPY (Approx. 100USD)(Only 100 tickets available)
Day 1 virtual participation + Day 2 recording *1 *2 *3

Ticket C :
3,000JPY (Approx. 30USD)(Only 300 tickets available)
Only Day 1 virtual participation *1 *2

*1 All ticket holders (Ticket A/B/C) will be able to access the Day 1 recording from March 29, 2021 to June 30, 2021. We will inform you how to view th recording after your purchase.
*2 All ticket holders (Ticket A/B/C) will be able to network with other ticket holders during Day 1 on the virtual event platform, EventHub.
*3 The holders of Ticket A or B can access the Day 2 recording from March 29, 2021 to June 30, 2021. We will inform you how to view th recording after your purchase.



SPACETIDE Foundation



Kyocera Corporation,

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation,

Sakura internet Inc. (exhibited instead of sponsorship),

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation,

Shimizu Corporation,

SMBC Nikko Securities Co., Ltd.,

Taisho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.,

Tokai Tokyo Securities Co., Ltd.


MORI Building co.,Ltd


Supported By


Safety notice for those who participate in Day 2

The event will be conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) and also with that of the venue. Seats will be arranged at pre-defined distances. Please note, the event may be postponed or canceled in the event that MHLW, government agencies, or regulatory authorities request us to do so. Furthermore, even if in the absence of a formal request from the aforementioned parties, SPACETIDE may choose to postpone, cancel or change the contents of the event to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, should we feel this is necessary.


Requests to those who participate in Day 2

On the day of the event, please ensure your temperature is below 37.5 degrees Celsius and please wear a mask upon arrival at the venue. Those who are not wearing masks will not be permitted entry. Wearing a mask for the duration of the event including when you leave is mandatory.
– We will measure your temperature upon entry, for which we request your kind cooperation. Any participants whose temperature is 37.5 degrees Celsius or above will not be admitted into the event.
*Note that tickets will not be refunded in this instance.
– We ask that you disinfect your hands with alcohol when you enter and leave the venue. Please observe our behavioral restrictions to prevent infection.
– Please refrain from lending, borrowing and exchanging goods between participants and guests at the event
– If there is a possibility of infection at the venue, or should there be a disclosure request from a local government or health center, we may provide information to designated organizations for the purpose of identifying infected person(s). In addition, we may ask all participants to cooperate in surveys and interviews.
– Please refrain from coughing / sneezing, wash your hands diligently, and disinfect your hands.- If you meet any of the following conditions, please refrain from visiting:
□ Have/have had a temperature of 37.5 degrees Celsius or above
□ Have cold symptoms (fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat, etc.)
□ Have strong fatigue / tiredness (malaise) or dyspnea / shortness of breath (dyspnea)
□ Have received a positive test for new coronavirus
□ Have received instructions from a medical professional to stay home within the last 14 days
□ Have come into close contact with someone diagnosed with new coronavirus
□ Have spent less than 14 days in Japan since visiting a country / region where the government has immigration restrictions
□ Have any concerns about other physical health conditions


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Behnken describes spacewalk views of Crew Dragon as “just awesome”

In this image taken July 1, a spacewalking astronaut snapped a view of the Crew Dragon spacecraft (at right) docked with the International Space Station. Japan’s HTV cargo ship, at bottom in gold, is also seen attached to the space station. Credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken, now in the second half of his mission to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spaceship, glimpsed the commercial crew capsule from a unique viewpoint at the far end of the station’s solar power truss during a pair of recent spacewalks.

Behnken joined space station Expedition 63 commander Chris Cassidy on two spacewalks June 26 and July 1 to replace aging batteries on the far right side of the research lab’s truss structure, which spans the length of a football field tip-to-tip.

The astronauts got expansive views of the space station from their work site. “Not bad for a view while working,” Behnken tweeted.

In a series of media interviews last week, Behnken said the spacewalks marked the highlight of his mission, at least since he arrived at the International Space Station with crewmate Doug Hurley on the first crewed test flight of SpaceX’s privately-owned Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Behnken and Hurley docked with the space station May 31, a day after launching from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on top of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Their historic flight is the first to use a commercial vehicle to carry astronauts into Earth orbit, and the launch was the first time astronauts rocketed into orbit from U.S. soil since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011.

In response to questions from the Washington Post, Behnken said it was “just awesome to be able to look back and snap a picture” of the Crew Dragon spacecraft during the spacewalks.

This view taken by a spacewalking astronaut July 1 shows SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

In photos taken from inside the space station, the Crew Dragon is partially obstructed at its docking port on the forward end of the Harmony module. Looking back at the gumdrop-shaped capsule from the edge of the space station’s truss gave the astronauts a different perspective.

The photos also showed Japan’s HTV barrel-shaped cargo freighter berthed on the bottom side of the space station. The HTV stands out in the images because of the golden color of its thermal insulation.

The HTV delivered the six upgraded lithium-ion batteries being installed by Cassidy and Behnken on a series of spacewalks. The two astronauts are gearing up for two more spacewalks later this month, before Behnken and Hurley are scheduled to strap into the Crew Dragon and return to Earth around Aug. 2.

The spacewalks June 26, July 1 and later this month will complete an upgrade of the space station’s power storage system that has stretched over several years. A series of HTV missions have delivered new batteries to the outpost, and astronauts have swapped old nickel-hydrogen batteries for the more capable lithium-ion units, which NASA says will keep the battery system healthy through at least the rest of this decade.

The nickel-hydrogen batteries were launched with the solar power modules on space shuttle missions from 2000 through 2009.

During the June 26 and July 1 spacewalks, Cassidy and Behnken completed work to replace batteries in one of two power channels fed by the solar arrays on the far starboard side of the station’s structural truss. With that complete, seven of the eight solar power channels overall have received new lithium-ion batteries.

The excursions later this month will swap batteries on the eighth and final power channel.

This view taken by a spacewalking astronaut July 1 shows SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft docked with the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Behnken told reporters last week that the Crew Dragon spacecraft is performing well more than a month into its mission at the space station. The capsule’s thermal control system is functioning normally, and its computers are weathering the radiation present in low Earth orbit.

“I think that’s the thing that really gives Doug (Hurley) and I continued confidence in the vehicle is that it is matching the engineering predictions for all of those things,” Behnken said.

Future Crew Dragon missions will last up to seven months, and NASA has approved the Crew Dragon test flight, designated Demo-2, to remain in orbit for up to four months. But NASA officials plan to bring Hurley and Behnken back to Earth around Aug. 2, starting a series of data and certification reviews expected to last around six weeks before the deeming the Crew Dragon ready for operational crew rotation flights to the space station.

Three NASA astronauts and a Japanese astronaut are assigned to the first operational Crew Dragon mission, which is expected to launch from the Kennedy Space Center as soon as mid-September.

More photos from the June 26 and July 1 spacewalks are posted below.

NASA astronaut Bob Behnken is pictured outside the International Space Station on a spacewalk June 26. Credit: NASA
NASA astronaut Bob Behnken works outside the space station during a June 26 spacewalk. Credit: NASA
Backdropped by a space station solar array, NASA astronaut Bob Behnken works on the station truss in a July 1 spacewalk. Credit: NASA
NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy is seen inside the space station’s Quest airlock during a July 1 spacewalk. Credit: NASA
NASA astronaut Bob Behnken outside the space station on a July 1 spacewalk. Credit: NASA

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