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UNOOSA and JAXA open Fourth Round of KiboCUBE!

Last Updated: October 2, 2018

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth round of KiboCUBE.

KiboCUBE: Fourth Round
1) Application
Application Submission 31 January, 2019
Eligibility Criteria Entities located in developing countries that are member states of the United Nations (please refer to the "Announcement of Opportunity" for further details.
Deployment Deployment expected by September 2020, subject to the ISS operational requirements and progress of the CubeSat development.
2) Selection
Selection and notification of applicants 30 April, 2019
Maximum of two entities (1U CubeSat per entity) will be selected.

Please refer to the following website for further details regarding the applications for the KiboCUBE fourth round ("Announcement of Opportunity"). The application due date is January 31. We look forward to receiving many applicants and contributing to the capacity building of your country!

Application details:

The United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on CubeSat Deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) "KiboCUBE"

Reference 1

KiboCUBE programme is a collaboration programme between JAXA and UNOOSA to offer developing countries the opportunity to deploy small satellites from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station (ISS).

Reference 2

A team from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) was granted e for the 1st round of KiboCUBE, and the satellite was deployed from Kibo in May, 2018.

A team from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Guatemala) was granted for the second round of KiboCUBE, and the satellite is scheduled to be deployed in JFY 2018.

A team from Mauritius Research Council (Mauritius) and a team from Surya University (Indonesia) was granted for the third round of KiboCUBE. The satellites are scheduled to be deployed in JFY 2019.


Successful deployment of 1KUNS-PF (Kenyan Satellite, selected as first round of KiboCUBE) from Kibo in May, 2018 (Credit: JAXA)


Media Briefing at IAC 2018 in Bremen, Germany on October 1st, 2018. Representatives from the selected entities for second and third round of KiboCUBE gathered for the media briefing.
(from left) Ms. Simonetta DiPippo, UNOOSA; Mr. Luis Zea, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala; Dr. Arjoon Suddhoo, Mauritius Research Council; Mr. Sunartoto Gunadi, Surya University of Indonesia; Dr. Koichi Wakata, JAXA (Credit: JAXA)

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