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SPICA is a space mission based on international collaboration with participation from institutions in Japan, European countries, Canada and the US (under consideration). The SPICA team has been working closely together for a targeted launch in 2027-2028. The present goal for the Japanese team is to be accepted as an ISAS/JAXA Strategic Mission for space science, while that of the European counterpart is to win through in the process of the ESA Cosmic Vision M-class (M5) selection.

The current workshare plan between the international teams is shown below: Japan is mainly responsible for the payload module, cryocooler, and the mid-infrared instrument SMI. The cryocooler is the outcome of the Japanese cutting-edge cryogenic technology. The launcher for SPICA is planned to be the H3 Launch Vehicle, the next flagship rocket of JAXA. The European team has responsibility mainly for the service module and the telescope, the SAFARI Consortium for the far-infrared instrument SAFARI.

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Fig. 1   The current workshare plan between the international teams (as of Nov. 2015)


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Japan Domestic Organization

Japan Domestic Science Working Group

    Project Scientist (PS) Takashi Onaka
    (The University of Tokyo)
    SPICA International Science Advisory Board Detail
    SPICA Science Task Force Member

Japan Domestic Development Organization

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    Japan PI Hiroshi Shibai (Osaka University)
    Japan deputy PI Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University)
    Japan PS Takashi Onaka (The University of Tokyo)
    Japan deputy PS Toru Yamada (JAXA)
    Kotaro Kohno (The University of Tokyo)
    Japan PE Hiroyuki Ogawa (JAXA)
    JAXA pre-project chief Takao Nakagawa (JAXA)
    SPICA FPI manager Hideo Matsuhara (JAXA)
    SMI PI Hidehiro Kaneda (Nagoya University)
    SMI PE Takehiko Wada (JAXA)
    Japan Domestic Partners Nagoya University
    Osaka University
    The University of Tokyo
    Tohoku University
    Kyoto University
    National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
    SPICA International Science Advisory Board Detail
    SPICA Science Task Force Detail
    Japan Domestic SPICA Advisory Board SPICA Research Promotion Committee
    (in preparation)
    SPICA Instrumentation Advisory Board Detail

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SPICA International Science Advisory Board


SPICA International Science Advisory Board (ISAB) is operated as a council of scientific advisors to the director of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS).


  • 1st ISAB. May 9 - 10, 2016, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2nd ISAB. July 15, 2016, Paris, France

Name Affiliation
Dr. Yuri Aikawa Tsukuba University
Dr. Phillip Andre CEA, Saclay
Dr. Michael Barlow University College London
Dr. Andrew Blein University of Leicester
Dr. Ewine van Dishoeck Leiden Observatory, University of Leiden
Dr. David Elbaz (Chair) CEA, Saclay
Dr. Reinhard Genzel Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics,
University California Barkeley
Dr. George Helou Infrared Processing and Analysis Center,
California Institute of Technology
Dr. Roberto Maiolino Cavendish Laboratory, Kavli Institute for Cosmology,
University of Cambridge
Dr. Margaret Meixner Space Telescope Science Institute
Dr. Tsutomu Takeuchi Nagoya University


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SPICA Instrumentation Advisory Board

SPICA Instrumentation Advisory Board (SIAB) is established by the director of the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS).


  • 1st Board Meeting, October 12, 2016, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
  • 1st SMI Review, August 22, 2017, Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
  • 2nd SMI Review, December 21-22, 2017,  National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) / Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
  • 3rd SMI Review, April 2, 2018, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)

Name Affiliation
 Satoru Iguchi (Chair)  National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Hideki Takami  National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Tomonori Usuda  National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
 Takashi Miyata  The University of Tokyo
 Kentaro Motohara  The University of Tokyo

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SPICA Science Team

SPICA Science Task Force

SPICA Science Task Force
Masatoshi Imanishi (NAOJ) Toshiya Ueta
(University of Denver)
Eiichi Egami
(Univ. of Arizona)
Keigo Enya (ISAS)
Takafumi Ootsubo
(University of Tokyo)
Takashi Onaka
(University of Tokyo)
Hidehiro Kaneda
(Nagoya University)
Itsuki Sakon
(University of Tokyo)
Kotaro Kohno
(University of Tokyo)
Tohru Nagao
(Ehime University)
Misato Fukagawa (NAOJ) Mikako Matsuura
(University College London)
Taro Matsuo
(Osaka University)
Munetake Momose
(Ibaraki University)
Toru Yamada (ISAS) Satoshi Yamamoto
(University of Tokyo)
Takehiko Wada (ISAS)

SPICA Science Study Team

Core Team
Peter Roelfsema Hiroshi Shibai Takashi Onaka Hidehiro Kaneda
Kees Wafelbakker Willem Jellema Bruce Sibthorpe


Lead Scientists
Toru Yamada Kotaro Kohno Tohru Nagao Satoshi Yamamoto
Jean-Loup Puget Jesus Martin-Pintado Matt Griffin


Core Science Team Members
Carlotta Gruppioni Eckhard Sturm Luigi Spinoglio Floris van der Tak
Ciska Kemper Franz Kerschbaum Inga Kamp Marc Audard
Bruce Swinyard Lee Armus Alberto Franceschini Dimitra Rigopoulou
Eiichi Egami Hideo Matsuhara Martin Giard Istuki Sakon
Mikako Matsuura Yasuo Doi Goran Olofsson Keigo Enya
Leen Decin Toshiya Ueta Takao Nakagawa Takehiko Wada
Dae-Hee Lee Chris Pearson Francesca Pozzi Maarten Baes
Masatoshi Imanishi Myungshin Im Ryouhei Kawabe Suzanne Madden
Albrecht Poglitch Christine Joblin Frank Helmich Paco Najarro
Carsten Dominik Rens Waters Takafumi Ootsubo Misato Fukagawa
Munetake Momose


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