National Space Development Agency (NASDA) of Japan plans to conduct First Materials Processing Test (FMPT) with a Japanese Payload Specialist (PS) on Spacelab-J which will be launched on Jan.27, 1988. FMPT includes not only materials processing experiments but also life sciences experiments which are proposed by national institutes, universities, and others in Japan. NASDA is now developing on-board experimental system and equipments forward mission accomplishment,and continuing to select Japanese PS's suitable for FMPT program. The flight hardwares of FMPT are planned to be transported to NASA KSC by May, 1987 for level integrations, and on the other hand, Japanese PS's will be selected in Sep.,1985 to be trained in Japan and U.S. under the health care management untill the space flight for the first time as the Japanese.
"First Materials Processing Test (FMPT) Program For The Spacelab-J Mission", Proc. SPIE 0493, Optical Platforms, (23 October 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.943826; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.943826