Mr. Nakamura joined NASDA, the National Space Development Agency of Japan (now JAXA), in 1974, and was involved in environmental testing and development of thermal control systems for spacecraft. After working on the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite Midori (ADEOS), working as a director of NASDA's Paris Office, and further work on the Advanced Earth Observing Satellite Midori II (ADEOS II), he was appointed to his current position in 2003.
The Wideband InterNetworking engineering test and Demonstration Satellite (WINDS) has been developed to achieve an information society with reliable high-speed Internet service to anyone at anytime, anywhere. The WINDS system is under joint development by JAXA and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), based on the e-Japan Priority Policy Program of the Japanese government's IT strategy headquarters. WINDS is currently in its final stage of preparations before launch, scheduled for the winter of the fiscal year 2007. We interviewed WINDS project manager Yasuo Nakamura.