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4 CubeSats will be deployed from “Kibo” Japanese Experiment Module on Friday, December 2, 2022.

  • Experiment at Kibo
On December 2, 2022, the following 4 CubeSats will be deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”.

BIRDS-5 (Officially called the Joint Global Multi Nation Birds)

BIRDS-5 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. Uganda, Japan, and Zimbabwe participated in the 5th BIRDS project and developed a CubeSat for each, a small cube-shaped satellite with 10 cm on each side. They named their CubeSats PearlAfricaSat-1 (Uganda), TAKA (Japan), and ZIMSAT-1 (Zimbabwe), among which the PearlAfricaSat-1 from Uganda and ZIMSAT-1 from Zimbabwe are the first satellite of their country.

Space Tuna1

SpaceTuna1 is the first-time students build CubeSat in Kindai University, Japan. (The J-SSOD service provider: Mitsui Bussan Aero)

The deployment event for those satellites by J-SSOD#23 will be broadcast via YouTube JAXA Channel.

December 2, 2022 (Friday)
16:25 - 17:10 (JST)

【Series】 BIRDS-5
【Satellite/ Organizations】 PearlAfricaSat-1 [Size:1U]/ Uganda Science, Technology, and Innovation Office of the President
【Satellite/ Organizations】 TAKA [Size:2U]/ Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech)
【Satellite/ Organizations】 ZIMSAT-1 [Size:1U]/ Zimbabwe National Geospatial and Space Agency (ZINGSA)
【Mission】 Demonstrate APRS digipeater, Store-and Forward (S&F) data/message system, phone application displays data of BIRDS satellites (BIRDS-NEST), a Double Langmuir Probe (DLP), Attitude Visualization, On-board Image Classification, Land Use and Cover, Water Quality Assessment, and Soil Fertility
* TAKA adds demonstrate PINO high-energy election detector
【Satellite】 SpaceTuna1 [Size:1U]
【Organizations】 Kindai University
【Service provider】 Mitsui Bussan Aerospace Co., Ltd
  • Measurement of basic reflective characteristics of retroreflective material sheets mounted on the satellite by irradiating a laser from the ground.
  • Orbit tracking by ground-based telescopes through observation of blue LEDs onboard the satellite.
Space Tuna1
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