TOKYO (JAXA PR) — JAXA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) launched a three year “KiboCUBE” programme in September 2015, which offered developing countries the opportunity to deploy cube satellites from the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” on the International Space Station (ISS).
This initiative aims to contribute to the technological advancement of space activities in developing countries by providing the opportunity to deploy micro-satellites using unique capabilities of Kibo. The applicants are the educational or research institutes in developing countries that are member states of the United Nations.
JAXA held a media briefing with UNOOSA in the 26th International Astronautical Congress (IAC 2016) at Guadalajara, Mexico. During the briefing, there was an announcement of the second round along with introduction of the programme. Moreover, the representative of the University of Nairobi presented a summary of a satellite “1KUNS-PF”, which was the first to benefit from KiboCUBE.