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Small Satellites Deployment from Kibo were success

Last Updated: October 5, 2012

Five small satellites were successfully deployed form Kibo on Oct. 4th to 5th.

This mission expands and introduces new utilization of the JEM using JEMRMS and JEM AL, which are unique features of the JEM module. The main purpose of this mission is to establish processes and procedures for satellite verifications, integration of the satellites, launching satellites to ISS, and deploying satellites into the space.

The deployment of the satellites was performed by corroborative work with Japanese astronaut Hoshide and JAXA flight control team at Tsukuba Space Center.

The J-SSOD*, which is installed on MPEP*, was extended outboard by Japanese astronaut Hoshide using JEM AL for its retrieval operation using JEMRMS from the ground. After maneuvering JEMRMS to the satellite deployment position by ground control, the first set of the small satellites were deployed by Japanese astronaut Hoshide. Then the second set of the small satellites were deployed from the ground.


* MPEP: Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform
* J-SSOD: JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer

Satellites, WE WISH and RAIKO, were deployed at 11:37 pm, Oct. 4th from Satellite Install case No.1.

Hoshide is preparing for deployment (JAXA/NASA)

Hoshide is preparing for deployment (JAXA/NASA)

WE WISH and RAIKO in space(JAXA/NASA)

WE WISH and RAIKO in space(JAXA/NASA)


Satellites, FITSAT-1, F-1, and TechEdSat, were deployed at 0:44 pm, Oct. 5th from Satellite Install caseNo.2.

KIBO control  room in Tsukuba Space Center(JAXA)

KIBO control room in Tsukuba Space Center(JAXA)

FITSAT-1, F-1, and TechEdSat in space(JAXA/NASA)

FITSAT-1, F-1, and TechEdSat in space(JAXA/NASA)


JEM AL: Japanese Experiment Module airlock
JEMRMS: Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

 
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