Yoshifumi Inatani

Yoshifumi Inatani

Moon Village Evolution Coordinator

Yoshifumi Inatani is Senior Advisor to the Director General, JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) and Professor emeritus of ISAS (The Institute of Space and Astronautical Science), JAXA.

Professional Career:

  • Research Associate, ISAS (1983)
  • Associate Professor, ISAS (1988)
  • Professor, ISAS (2001-2019)
  • Professor University of Tokyo (1998-2019)
  • Project Manager, Sounding Rocket Project Team, ISAS (2003-2005)
  • Chair of Steering Committee of Space Engineering, ISAS (2005-2011)
  • Chief Engineer, Space Science Program Office (2008-2009)
  • Senior Chief Officer(SCO), Space Science and Disciplinary Engineering (2009-2013)
  • Programme Director, Space Science Programme, JAXA (2009-2013)
  • Deputy director General, ISAS (2013-2017)


  • Member of Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (1984-)
  • Executive Direcor of Japanese Rocket Society (1998-), President (2010-12)
  • Member of American Institnte of Aeronautics and Astronantics (1990-)
  • Member of International Academy for Astronautics (2014-)

Major Research Activities:

  • High speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics of space vehicles.
  • Reentry vehicle systems, flight vehicle development and flight experiments.
  • Future space transportation systems and flight demonstration

Major Award: The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (2011), due to successful flight of Hayabusa’s sample return capsule.