Mina Konaka

Satellite Mechanical Engineer at Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

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Mina currently works as a satellite mechanical engineer for JAXA’s ALOS-4 satellite, which utilizes the most cutting-edge Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) antenna and Automatic Identification System (AIS) antenna for monitoring natural disasters. 

She gained her bachelor and master’s degrees from Tohoku university majoring in aerospace engineering. Her experience includes studying abroad at the University of California Davis in 2016, International Space University (ISU) in 2018 and Technische Universität Berlin in 2019. During ISU Space Studies Program 18, she learned the importance of space applications for water related natural disasters through Adapting to the Water and Air Realities on Earth (AWARE) project. 

Her dream is to become an astronaut. To simulate a space environment, she started scuba diving at the age of 10. Her love for the ocean is tremendous. She has travelled to over 40 countries, and explored almost every continent, except Antarctica. Once she finishes seeing the world, she will be ready to explore the next frontier: the far reaches of space.