Makoto Yoshikawa

Makoto Yoshikawa

Makoto Yoshikawa 480 270 Asteroid Day

Dr. Makoto Yoshikawa is now working for Hayabusa2 mission in Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS) of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). He was the project manager of Hayabusa2 when the mission started, and now he is the mission manager of Hayaubsa2. He is also working as one of the members of the orbit determination group of ISAS/JAXA and is involving in the missions of ISAS, such as GEOTAIL, Akatsuki, and IKAROS. In the past, he worked for the missions of LUNAR-A (launch was cancelled), HALCA, Nozomi, and Hayabusa. For Hayabusa mission, he worked as the project scientist in the later phase of the mission. His research field is celestial mechanics, especially the dynamics of small bodies in the solar system. Apart from the space missions, he is working for the issues of the planetary defense (spaceguard), the collision of small bodies to the earth. He attends to the NEO (Near Earth Object) working group of UN COPUOS, SMPAG (Space Missions Planning Advisory Group), and IAWN (International Asteroid Warning Network). And now he is organizing Asia-Pacific Asteroid Observation Network (APAON). He was one of the founders of Japan Spaceguard Association.