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ONISHI Takuya Today

In addition to continuing training to maintain and improve his skills as an astronaut, is currently working as a JAXA Flight Director, operating Kibo.


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ONISHI Takuya was born in Tokyo in 1975, and spent roughly 113 days in space as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of Expeditions 48 and 49 in 2016. During his stay, he supported the capture of the Cygnus OA-5 spacecraft and Extravehicular activities by controlling robotics, performed maintenance on the ISS, and conducted both Japanese and international scientific experiments utilizing the space environment.

JAXA Astronaut Onishi

Born in Tokyo, Japan.

March, 1998

Received bachelor's degree from the department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Faculty of Engineering, the University of Tokyo.

April, 1998

Joined All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA)

June, 2003

Joined the Operation Headquarters at All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

February, 2009

Selected as an astronaut candidate by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

April, 2009

Joined JAXA.
Participated in Astronaut Candidate training to work on the ISS.

July, 2011

Completed all basic training requirements, and certified as an ISS astronaut.
Certified as an ISS astronaut.

October, 2011

Participated in the 15th NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) mission.

November, 2013

Assigned as a crewmember for the ISS Expeditions 48 and 49.

July-October, 2016

Spent roughly 113 days in space as a flight engineer aboard the ISS as part of Expeditions 48 and 49. Maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and became the first Japanese astronaut to capture the Cygnus spacecraft in space. In addition to constructing a new experimental environment aboard Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module of the ISS, conducted many experiments for both JAXA and international partners.

January, 2020

Certified as a JAXA Flight Director. Currently involved in operating and managing Kibo.

November, 2023

Assigned for another long-duration mission aboard the ISS, scheduled for 2025.

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