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Four CubeSats successfully deployed from "Kibo"!

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On October 6, 2021, following four CubeSats were successfully deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo":
  • Binar-1 developed by Curtin University from Australia.
  • BIRDS-2S* (Maya-3 and Maya-4) developed by the University of the Philippines Diliman, the Philippines, under BIRDS project Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech).
  • CUAVA-1 developed by The University of Sydney from Australia.
*BIRDS Project (Officially called the Joint Global Multi Nation Birds) is an international joint development and operations project of CubeSats, participated by the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, and certain Asian and African nations. BIRDS-2S is the second stage that the students who learned how to develop small satellites at Kyushu tech.
1st Deployment:Binar-1, BIRDS-2S(Maya-3 and Maya-4) ⓒJAXA/NASA
2nd Deployment:CUAVA-1 ⓒJAXA/NASA
Name Binar-1
Size 1U
Organization Space BD Inc. / Curtin University (Australia)
  • Demonstrate the primary operating systems of the bus, which are power, attitude determination and control, communication and flight planning.
  • Demonstrate a camera for use in star tracking.
Name BIRDS-2S [Maya-3 and Maya-4 (Republic of the Philippines)]
Size 1U each
Organization University of the Philippines Diliman (Republic of the Philippines) and Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech; Japan)
  • Anisotropic Magnetoresistance - Magnetometer
  • RGB and NIR Camera Mission
  • Demonstration of Automatic Packet Reporting System - Digipeater (APRS-DP)
Name CUAVA-1
Size 3U
Organization Space BD Inc. / The University of Sydney (Australia)
  • Demonstrate a Imager, Spectrograph, and TinyTol Instrument
  • Demonstrate the Kea GPS payload
  • Measurement of X-rays and Gamma rays

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