Research Director Dr. Hironori Sahara

Dr. Hironori Sahara

Faculty of System Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Professor, Division of Aerospace Engineering

If we make technical advancements at this rate, who knows
we might be approaching a day where we get to go to a book store on a different planet.
I believe so. With regards to space development, we have just set foot on the bottom of the Himalayas. We have yet to even set up a base camp. However, by making a number of small progresses forward, like this shooting star project, we will be getting closer to that state.

Do you see the end of the tunnel?
I believe that a brighter futures lies ahead of these new challenges. For example, people from 300 years ago could not have imagined our life now, but the world that we live in today is a result of a series of efforts originating from those people 300 years ago.
On the Internet, I often use a username "first noel." It represents the first Christmas, celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Although we do not know their names, the legend about the shepherd and the three wisemen are passed down to this day, and because of their revelation from the angel, Christ was able to be born and grow up. I believe the shooting star project at ALE can be thought of in a similar way.
We are planning to start our service in two years. It is only a small step forward, but in 300 years, we may be routinely visiting a bookstore on another planet. I wish the people then would reflect on the past and think "I don't know their names but there were people in the 21st century that made the shooting star project come true."
What we would achieve through project will be minute compared to the space technology that we would have 300 years down the road. I hope to achieve something that can become even the smallest foundation for future development in space technology. These are the things I think about while facing the simulator.