President’s Message

Prof. Akiko MATSUO
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Keio University

“Enter a new stage with new trends in aviation and space”

I would like to extend greetings to all Society members as the 52nd president. I am willing to serve as the president of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences, and regard this year as a cornerstone for the future prosperity of the Society.
From the beginning of 2020, information on the new coronavirus has been reported from China, and as of April 13, 2020, there were 1.85 million infected people worldwide and more than 110,000 deaths reported.
For Japan, the Olympic Games that were scheduled to be held in July 2020 were postponed until 2021, and the impact on Japan and the people was significant. The Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences cannot avoid the aftermath, and canceled the scheduled “the 51st JSASS Annual Meeting” on April 16th and 17th. Not only this, but also many conferences hosted by the JSASS have already been canceled. Depending on the situation in the future, more may be further canceled or postponed. Unfortunately, at present, emergency declarations have been issued in seven prefectures including Tokyo, and there is no indication that the situation will converge. The 52nd term of the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences will start in these difficult conditions. I think it will be a year for the board, secretariat and members to come together and think about what we should do as an academic society.
Here, let’s consider the situation surrounding JSASS. At present, development of the H3 rocket, the flagship rocket in Japan, is progressing, and the first flight is scheduled to be launched during FY2020. Moreover, H-IIA and H-IIB rockets are also scheduled to be launched during the year, and considering that Japan has epsilon rockets, there are four options for launching relatively large satellites. Regarding aircraft, the regional jet “Mitsubishi SpaceJet” has just entered the final stage of obtaining type certification to prove the safety of the aircraft. After obtaining the model certification, it is expected that they will work toward the delivery of the first model. After the completion of the space jet, the lineup will be expanded, and the development of Japanese-origin aircraft in the industrial world is expected. As mentioned above, the outlook for the aerospace field in Japan today is bright and a period of development.
At the beginning of the 52nd term, there are also new bright topics. It is a new trend for Japanese aviation and space players, and newcomers who have not been involved in this field have entered. The interests of newcomers are diverse, including electric aircraft, flying cars, rocket launches by the private sector, space ports, and lunar tourism development. We believe that it is necessary to support these new trends in order to make the Japan Aerospace Society a continuously developing academic organization. We hope to expand the aerospace base of Japan, strengthen the unity of old and new people, and aim for united development. As mentioned above, the aerospace field is required to have new ideas and approaches that are not bound by conventional ideas, and such activities must be supported by the academic society. In the 52nd term, we would like to make improvements for that purpose.
In the 52nd term, we will set the following priority items and work on them.

1. Launch a new departmental committee
Aiming to launch a study group that can respond flexibly to “cooperation with other fields” or “pioneering new fields and research”, which has been under consideration since the 51st term, the “Cross-sector and Development Division Committee (tentative name)”.
2. Creating an environment where regular members want to continue
By making efforts to realize the benefits of being a regular member of the society and feel the significance of continuing, we aim to increase membership and become a society where members want to stay.
3. Attract newcomer personnel in the aerospace field
Due to the characteristics of academic societies, it is essential to exchange opinions in a wide range of fields and enter new fields. Promote activities in academic organizations by launching a new study group under the newly launched departmental committee. At the same time, we will conduct an active campaign to increase active and supporting members.
4. Being a useful society for industry
We will continue to cooperate with industry organizations (SJAC, etc.), which we have promoted since the 51st term, and will set future policies based on the results of the 51st term implementation and promote further efforts.

The Board of Directors will take the lead in discussing these four priority items in cooperation with members. I will do my best with the members of the Board of Directors for the development of Japan’s aerospace for the next year, and I would like to ask for the continued support of all members.