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Four CubeSats successfully deployed from "Kibo"!

Last Updated: June 25, 2019

On June 17, four CubeSats were deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) "Kibo": NepaliSat-1 co-developed by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Raavana-1 co-developed by the Arthur C Clarke Institute of Modern Technologies (ACCIMT), Sri Lanka, and Kyutech, Uguisu developed by Kyutech, and SpooQy-1 co-developed by the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) and the National University of Singapore.

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The pictures show how the CubeSats were deployed (Credit: JAXA/NASA)


The people concerned with the projects in joy at the successful deployments of the CubeSats (Credit: JAXA)

*1 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. The three CubeSats handed over as mentioned above are for the second round of the programme.
The three CubeSats handed over to JAXA this time are for the third round of the BIRDS Project ("BIRDS-3"). Japan, Sri Lanka, and Nepal participated in this round of the programme, developing a CubeSat for each in about 12 months, a small cube-shaped satellite with 10 cm on each side. They named their CubeSats Uguisu (Japan), Raavana-1 (Sri Lanka), and NepaliSat-1 (Nepal), among which the last two are the first satellites of the countries.

*2 Agreement with the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA)
An agreement signed between the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) and JAXA on utilization of the JEM "Kibo". The CubeSat named SpooQy-1 has been designed and developed by the National University of Singapore.

Related Topics

BIRDS-3 Project
The SpooQy Lab
Pre-launch operations begin for deploying four CubeSats from ISS(March 4, 2019)
Three CubeSats successfully deployed from "Kibo" as part of BIRDS Project!(August 17, 2018)
CubeSats for BIRDS-2 handed over to JAXA. Launch preparations completed!(June 26, 2018)
The "Kibo" utilization of Singapore begins~ SSTA and the JAXA signed a fee-based agreement to deploy small satellites from "Kibo" ~(November 20, 2017)
Successful deployment of five "BIRDS project" CubeSats from the "Kibo"(July 7, 2017)
List of deployed CubeSats using J-SSOD

*All times are Japan Standard Time (JST)

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