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  • July 15, 2016

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

  • July 8, 2016

    "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. » Read more

  • June 28, 2016 - July 1, 2016

    SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation 2016 was held in Edinburgh, Scotland, on June 28, 2016 - July 1, 2016. SPICA and its instruments SAFARI and SMI were introduced in the "SESSION 2: Transition-Edge Sensors", "SESSION 10: Multiplexing and Readout Systems", and "SESSION 21: IR Systems" of the SPIE conference.

  • May 9 - 10, 2016

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

  • April 13 - 14, 2016

    The SAFARI Consortium Meeting was held in Groningen, the Netherlands, on April 13 and 14, 2016. It was organized by SRON, located in the "Kapteijnborg" building at the Zernike Campus in Groningen.

  • March 29, 2016

    The SMI National Technology Conference was held in Nagoya University, Japan.

  • March 23, 2016

    SPICA Conference was held in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 23, 2016.

  • March 16, 2016

    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. » Read more

  • March 8, 2016

    SPICA-related papers, published in April 2015 - March 2016, have been tabulated in the SPICA web; "For Astronomers".

  • February 1, 2016

    SPICA Conference was held in the Netherlands, on February 1, 2016.

  • January 22, 2016

    SPICA Conference was held in London, UK, on January 22, 2016.

  • January 14, 2016

    SPICA Conference was held in Paris, France, on January 14, 2016.

  • November 25, 2015

    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.

  • November 25, 2015

    A paper on the development of a cryocooler to be onboard SPICA was published in the refereed journal, Cryogenics. The paper entitled "Development of 1K-class Joule-Thomson cryocooler for next-generation astronomical mission" (Sato et al. 2015) is now available online at the web of Cryogenics and "SPICA-related Papers" on this website.

  • November 9, 2015: An important step forward for the SPICA mission.

    The SPICA mission under the new framework was approved in the Mission Definition Review (MDR) at ISAS/JAXA. The refined science objective of SPICA is "Enrichment of the Universe with metal and dust, leading to the formation of habitable worlds".

  • July 31, 2015

    The paper entitled "Thermal property measurements of critical materials for SPICA payload module" (Shinozaki et al. 2015) was published in the refereed journal, Physics Procedia (2015, Vol. 67). It reports thermal property measurements of potential structural materials for the SPICA payload module. It is now available online at the web of Physics Procedia.

  • July 9, 2015

    The final report of the study on the Next Generation-Cryogenic cooled Infrared Telescope (NG-CryoIRTel) went public at the ESA web page on 4 July, 2015. The study was jointly conducted by the ESA's Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) and JAXA. The new design concept of SPICA is based on the study.

    The web page of the ESA CDF report on the NG-CryoIRTel.