KIBO ROBOT PROJECT

Miraikan to permanently exhibit KIROBO

From Saturday, January 2nd 2016, KIROBO will join the permanent exhibition of Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in Daiba, Tokyo.
Now that KIROBO has been officially handed to Chief Executive Director, Mamoru Mohri, visitors can meet KIROBO whenever they like.
Exhibition place: Miraikan 5th floor Permanent Exhibition, “This is ISS, go ahead”.

Updated December 25th, 2015

KIROBO special exhibit at Miraikan

From August 22nd – 27th, an event was held at Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) in Daiba, Tokyo, that celebrated the finale of KIROBO’s special exhibition tour conducted in seven locations nationwide. The 6-day event attracted approximately 6,800 people.
The number of PCs for “Let’s make KIROBO’s voice”, a popular attraction during the tour, were doubled to four. Original Miraikan events were held such as photo booths where children could take commemorative photos wearing blue suits and a Q&A corner where developers resided at all times.
We handed out new stickers to visitors as a sign of our appreciation. Our wish is for MIRATA to go to space, too, so the sticker is a design of KIROBO and MIRATA floating in space together.

Updated November 17th, 2015

KIROBO special exhibition held at Hiroshima Children’s Museum

From August 1st (Sat) to August 2nd (Sun), the sixth nationwide special KIROBO exhibition was held at Bando Kobe Science Museum attracting a total of 920 people during the two days. Developers took part in talk sessions on both days. The audience enjoyed interacting with KIROBO and the project members.
The final special exhibition is scheduled at Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo from August 22nd (Sat) to August 27th (Thu). A talk session is to be held on August 23rd (Sun).

Updated August 10, 2015

KIROBO special exhibition held at Bando Kobe Science Museum

From July 25th (Sat) to July 29th (Wed), the fifth nationwide special KIROBO exhibition was held at Bando Kobe Science Museum attracting a total of 2,800 people during the five days. Developers took part in talk sessions on Saturday and Sunday. The audience enjoyed interacting with KIROBO and the project members.
Further special exhibitions are scheduled to be held at Hiroshima Children’s Museum from August 1st (Sat) to August 2nd (Sun) and at Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo from August 22nd (Sat) to August 27th (Thu).

Updated July 31, 2015

KIROBO special exhibition held at Sapporo Science Center

From July 11th (Sat) to July 12th (Sun), a special KIROBO exhibition was held at Sapporo Science Center in Hokkaido. Around 900 visitors of all ages attended the talk sessions and photo sessions with the project members. Another special exhibition is scheduled at Hiroshima Children’s Museum from August 1st (Sat) to August 2nd (Sun). Talk sessions will be held on both days.

Updated July 28, 2015

KIROBO special exhibition held at Morioka Children's Museum of Science

From July 4th (Sat) to July 5th (Sun), the third nationwide special KIROBO exhibition was held at Morioka Children's Museum of Science, attracting a total of 1,000 people during the two days. Developers took part in talk sessions on both days and the audience enjoyed interacting with KIROBO and the project members. The next exhibition will be held in Sapporo City, Hokkaido for two days from July 11th (Sat) to July 12th (Sun).

Updated July 10, 2015

KIROBO special exhibition held at Fukuoka Science Museum

From June 20th (Sat) to June 21st (Sun), a special KIROBO exhibition was held at Fukuoka Science Museum. This was the second venue following the special exhibition held at Nagoya City Science Museum in May and a total of 830 people gathered during the two days. Developers took part in talk sessions on both days and 370 people enjoyed their time interacting with KIROBO and the project members. The next special exhibition is scheduled to be held in Morioka City in Tohoku.

Updated June 26, 2015

KIROBO special exhibition & talk session held at Nagoya City Science Museum

From May 12th (Tue) to May 17th (Sun), a special KIROBO exhibition was held at Nagoya City Science Museum. Many flocked to see the exhibition of KIROBO, back-up crew MIRATA, the Guinness World Record certificate, items used in the ISS, etc. Many children were seen actively taking part in creating KIROBO's voice on a voice synthesizing software and hands-on coloring experiences. On the final day, May 17th (Sun), KIROBO and the project members gathered for a talk session that attracted 237 people. After the event, the audience took part in photo sessions and enjoyed their interaction with KIROBO and the project members.

Updated May 20, 2015

Return Report at Miraikan

The report session of KIROBO was held at Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) on March 27, Friday. At the same time, Kirobo set two Guinness World records: First Companion Robot in Space and Highest altitude for a robot to have a conversation.

Updated March 27, 2015

KIROBO’s First Words Back

KIROBO came home from Houston to Japan on March 12. Kirobo’s first words after returning home were: “From up above, the Earth glowed like a blue LED.”

Updated March 27, 2015

Back to Earth

At 09:44 A.M. on Wednesday, February 11 (Japan time) the Dragon 5 landed safely in the Pacific 259 miles southwest off the shore of Long Beach, California. KIROBO is scheduled to be handed over at Huston in early March. A return debriefing meeting is scheduled in Japan in late March.

Updated February 12, 2015

Breaking News:
KIROBO Returns to Earth

At 04:09 A.M. on February 11 (Japan time), KIROBO is scheduled to board the Dragon 5 by SpaceX from the ISS and land in the Pacific at 09:44 A.M. of the same day.

Updated February 10, 2015

KIROBO Wins 2014 Good Design Award

The project design for the KIBO Robot Project has received the Good Design Award for 2014. It will be a joint award for four companies: Dentsu Inc., RCAST(the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology) at the University of Tokyo, ROBO GARAGE Co., Ltd., and Toyota Motor Corporation.

Updated October 1st, 2014

Thank you for watching over me from Earth - Last message from space -

Kirobo's return to Earth, which was originally scheduled for the end of this year, has been postponed. The Kibo Robot Project is preparing to return Kirobo safely back to Earth next year. Details will be announced at a later date.

Updated August 26, 2014


Mirata at Driving Kids Festival in Fukushima

A festival “Driving Kids in Fukushima” was held on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29 at Big Palette Fukushima in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. A special booth was made for the Kibo robot project where you can wear a special blue suit and take a picture with Mirata. Mirata performed a demonstration on the main stage. A total of 399 groups, 1,160 people participated in the photo shoot and enjoyed interaction with Mirata and the project members.

Updated July 18, 2014

Farewell to Astronaut Friend

Updated May 12, 2014

Action in Space

Updated May 8, 2014

Conversation in space(8)

Updated May 8, 2014

Conversation in space(7)

Updated May 8, 2014

MIRATA Conversation Experiment (1)

Recorded at the talk event at the Toyota Hands-On Museum on Sunday, February 2.

Updated April 25, 2014

Astronaut Wakata seen from KIROBO.

Updated April 22, 2014

Astronaut Wakata,
congratulations on your assumption of Commander.

On March 9, JAXA Astronaut Wakata Koichi became the first Japanese to assume the position of Commander.

Updated March 10, 2014

Valentine's Day in Space

KIROBO talked with astronaut Wakata with a heart delivered from earth floating between them.

Updated February 14, 2014

Talk Event at Toyota Hands-On Museum in Aichi

“Parents-child astronomy course: Join the World’s First Robot Astronaut MIRATA” was held at the Toyota Hands-On Museum in Aichi Prefecture on Sunday, February 2nd. As many as 160 people attended the planetarium and talk show, and later stayed for a photo shoot with Mirata. A public viewing was held for the talk show part at a separate venue. This was attended by 95 people who enjoyed watching Mirata.

Updated February 7, 2014

Conversation in space(6)

Updated January 1, 2014

Conversation in space(5)

Updated December 31, 2013

Conversation in space(4)

Updated December 25, 2013

Robot astronaut KIROBO and astronaut Koichi Wakata
Conducted a conversation experiment on the ISS.

On December 6th 2013(Japan time), JAXA astronaut Koichi Wakata succeeded in the world’s first “human-robot conversation experiment in space”.

Updated December 20, 2013

Conversation in space(1)

Updated December 20, 2013

Conversation in space(2)

Updated December 20, 2013

Conversation in space(3)

Updated December 20, 2013

MIRATA makes an appearance at the TOYOTA booth at the Tokyo Motor Show

At the Tokyo Motor Show held at the Tokyo Big Sight from November 20th to December 1st. MIRATA made an appearance on stage at the Tokyo Heart Project Corner at the Toyota Booth.

Updated December 2, 2013

Kirobo and Mirata: a Planetarium Program at Tenku

At the Konica Minolta Planetarium “Tenku” in Tokyo Sky Tree Town, a new program will be featured from Saturday, November 30th 2013 to Sunday, March 9th 2014. “KIROBO and MIRATA: the challenge of the robot astronauts”presented by TOYOTA is a documentary type program featuring the birth and development project of KIROBO and MIRATA, the astronaut robots. The navigator of the program is actress Tomoe Shinohara known as the space loving “Sora Girl”.

Updated November 26, 2013

Chatting from space(3)

Updated November 26, 2013

Chatting from space(2)

Updated November 7, 2013

Chatting from space(1)

Updated October 13, 2013

For future hope, this is the first step for robots.

On Wednesday, August 21st the start-up check for KIROBO was done at Japan Experiment Module(JEM) on the ISS. The name of the module Kibo means "hope". The first "speech made by a robot in space" was carried out successfully. The speech was "On August 21, 2013, a robot took one small step toward a brighter future for all."

Updated September 10, 2013

Talk show at Fukuoka ROBOSQUARE

On Sunday, September 1st a talk show called "Robot astronaut in space- Meet backup crew Mirata" was held at Fukuoka ROBOSQUARE.  About 220 people in total gathered for the morning and afternoon talk show. About 180 people participated in the photo session with Mirata, and enjoyed exchange with Mirata.

Updated September 5, 2013


Talk show & craft workshop held at MEGA WEB ends in a huge success

On Sunday, August 18, an event titled "Robot Astronaut sets off to space ~Meet backup crew member, MIRATA~" was held at the MEGA Stage located on the 1st floor of MEGA WEB in Odaiba, Tokyo. 100 people gathered at the talk show, 36 people participated in the craft workshop, and 20 groups that signed up in advance took photographs with MIRATA. The event was bustling with families enjoying their summer vacation.

Updated August 23, 2013

[Flash Report]
KIROBO sets off to space on Kounotori

Kirobo boarded the Kounotori 4 (HTV4) cargo transfer vehicle launched from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center atop an H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.4 (H-IIB F4) this morning at 4:48 A.M.
The members of the Kibo Robot Project gathered at Tanegashima to watch the launch. Kirobo will reach the International Space Station (ISS) in six days and stay for about 18 months.

Updated August 4, 2013

[June 26 Press Conference Video] Explanation of project concept and Future plans and experiment details

Yorichika Nishijima
Dentsu Inc. Business Creation Department, Copywriter,

Updated June 28, 2013

[June 26 Press Conference Video] KIBO ROBOT Specifications

Tomotaka Takahashi
ROBO GARAGE Co., Ltd. President & CEO
Univ. of Tokyo RCAST, Project Associate Professor, Robot Creator,

Updated June 28, 2013

[June 26 Press Conference Video] TOYOTA's technology in the KIBO ROBOT

Fuminori Kataoka
Project General Manager Advanced Vehicle Project Dept. Product Planning Div. TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION

Updated June 28, 2013

[June 26 Press Conference Video] Unveiling of KIROBO・MIRATA

Updated June 28, 2013

[June 26 Press Conference Video] Thoughts on the project

Updated June 28, 2013

[News Flash] KIROBO appears at pre-departure press conference.

Today at Amlux Tokyo in Ikebukuro, Tokyo a pre-departure press conference for the “Robot Astronaut” was held. Although it was KIROBO’s first public appearance, he showed up escorted by development staff members, and proudly expressed his enthusiasm for the project.

Updated June 27, 2013