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Report of the JAXA's SPICA Observation Advisory Board Meeting

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JAXA's SPICA Observation Advisory Board Meeting was held at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), on August 22, 2017.


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Report of the face-to-face meeting

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In order to construct an assembly design of the scientific instrument accommodation on the optical bench, a dedicated team was organized, and a face-to-face meeting was held on 31st May - 1st June 2017 at CEA Sacray/SAp. The meeting was quite successful, concluding a few cases will be pursued further in terms of feasibility and various interfaces among instruments.

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Report of the 2nd SPICA/SMI Technology Meeting

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The 2nd SPICA/SMI Technology Meeting (SPICA/SMI国内技術会議・説明会) was held at ISAS/JAXA, Japan, on March 31, 2017.


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Report of the 2nd SAFARI Consortium Meeting

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The SAFARI Consortium Meeting was held in Heidelberg, Germany, on March 1 and 2, 2017. It was organized by the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), located on top of the Königstuhl, about 6 km outside the center of Heidelberg.

· See more details on SRON web page: https://www.sron.nl/safari2017


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Report of JAXA’s SPICA International Science Advisory Board 2nd Meeting

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JAXA's SPICA Science Advisory Board 2nd Meeting was held in Paris, France, on July 15, 2016.


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Start of the Phase A1 activity for SPICA


"An important step forward for the SPICA mission." The start of the Phase A1 activity for SPICA was approved by ISAS on July 8, 2016.


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This figure shows typical phases for space missions by JAXA with major milestones.


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Report of JAXA’s SPICA International Science Advisory Board

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JAXA's SPICA Science Advisory Board was held in Tokyo, Japan, on May 9 and 10, 2016.


· Board members:
Dr. David Elbaz (CEA, Saclay, France), chair (top right picture)
Dr. Yuri Aikawa (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Dr. Philippe Andre (CEA, Saclay, France)
Dr. Michael Barlow (University College London, UK)
Dr. Andrew Blain (University of Leicester, UK)
Dr. Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden, Netherland)
Dr. Reinhard Genzel (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, University of California Berkeley, Germany)
Dr. George Helou (Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, California Institute of Technology, USA)
Dr. Roberto Maiolino (Cavendish Laboratory, Kavli Institute for Cosmology, University of Cambridge, UK)
Dr. Margaret Meixner (Space Telescope Science Institute, USA)
Dr. Tsutomu Takeuchi (Nagoya University, Japan)

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Report of the SAFARI Consortium Meeting

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On April 13 and 14, 2016, the SAFARI Consortium Meeting was held in Groningen, the Netherlands. It was organized by SRON, located in the "Kapteijnborg" building at the Zernike Campus in Groningen. The objective of Consortium Meetings is to bring together and consolidate the Consortium in all aspects, including Science and Progress of the project, with emphasis on preparing for M5 proposal.

· See more details on SRON web page: https://www.sron.nl/program

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Report of SPICA/SMI National Technology Meeting

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The SMI National Technology Meeting was held in Nagoya University, Japan, on March 29, 2016.

*SMI: SPICA Mid-Infrared Instrument

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Report of SPICA Special Session

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A special session titled "Astronomy with new SPICA" was held at Minami-Osawa Campus of Tokyo Metropolitan University on March 16, 2016, 3:40 - 5:20 p.m., in the annual spring meeting 2016 of the Astronomical Society of Japan. There were more than 250 of the participants who were highly interested in the SPICA mission. It ended in great success with great expectations.

The session started with a presentation on the overview of the current status of new SPICA after being approved in JAXA MDR (Mission Definition Review) by Prof. Hiroshi Shibai (Osaka University), the Principal Investigator (PI) and Chief of the SPICA project. Publicizing the new SPICA project, he also made a strong appeal to the audiences for their active and aggressive involvement at various stages in the SPICA project, which has been working toward the upcoming submission of a proposal of European Space Agency (ESA) Cosmic Vision M5. Next, Dr. Peter Roelfsema (Netherlands Institute for Space Research), the PI of SAFARI (SpicA FAR-infrared Instrument) and supervisor of the M5 proposal, explained scientific interests of European SPICA Team and their instruments. Then, Prof. Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University), the PI of SMI (SPICA Mid-infrared Instrument) reported the current status of the Japanese instrument. He also asked the participants for active support for SPICA/SMI consortium.

Then followed two lectures on the key science topics, distant galaxies and protoplanetary disks, given respectively by Prof. Eiichi Egami (The University of Arizona) and Dr. Hideko Nomura (Tokyo Institute of Technology). Prof. Egami is a member of SPICA Science Task Forces and Dr. Nomura is a member of SPICA Science Task Forces for Group of Optical and Infrared Astronomers. They have led scientific discussions on SPICA between Japan and Europe.

Among the participants in the SPICA special session, some expressed their expectation for quantitative analyses of HD lines by SAFARI and SMI-HRS, and others made practical questions related to observations by SPICA such as a question about dynamic range of SAFARI and SMI. SPICA Team hopes the SPICA special session offered the participants a good opportunity to relate their scientific interests with SPICA and could be a trigger of their involvement with SPICA in the long term.

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Announcement of SPICA Special Session (March 16, 2016)

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SPICA Special Session will be held at Minami-Osawa Campus of Tokyo Metropolitan University on March 16, 2016, in the annual spring meeting 2016 of the Astronomical Society of Japan.

· See more details on ASJ web page (in Japanese): http://www.asj.or.jp/jsession/2016haru/4_JS2016_program.pdf

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SPICA successfully passed its Mission Definition review at ISAS, JAXA

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On November 18, 2015, Dr. Saku Tsuneta, Director General of ISAS, JAXA, issued a letter for astronomical communities, reporting that SPICA, with the re-designed configuration, successfully passed its Mission Definition Review at ISAS, JAXA. In the letter, he also declared that ISAS has been ready to support international efforts to make SPICA happen.