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JRM Vol.6 No.4 pp. 322-326
doi: 10.20965/jrm.1994.p0322
(1994)

Development Report:

Microgravity Production for the Test Capsule Falling Through the Drop Shaft

Hideyo Sakurai*, Shinobu Saito**, Takao Azuma*
and Mitsuru Muto**

*Ishikawajima Noise Control Co., Ltd., 15-18, Hyakunincho 1-chome, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo, 169 Japan

**Ishikawajima -Harima Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., 1-15, Toyosu 3-chome, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135 Japan

Received:
June 7, 1994
Accepted:
June 17, 1994
Published:
August 20, 1994
Keywords:
Drop shaft, Microgravity experiment facility, Microgravity, Falling capsule, Double capsule, Free fall, Air drag compensation, Magnetic guidance system
Abstract

The world’s deepest drop shaft facility for microgravity experiment, using a former coal mine shaft of 710m in depth was constructed at Kamisunagawa, Hokkaido, Japan in 1991. The rocket-shaped capsule, in which experimental devices are loaded, falls through the drop shaft and produces microgravity of approximately 1 × 10-5G for 10 seconds. This paper provides an outline of this drop shaft facility.

Cite this article as:
H. Sakurai, S. Saito, and T. Muto, “Microgravity Production for the Test Capsule Falling Through the Drop Shaft,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.6, No.4, pp. 322-326, 1994.
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