TORONTO (Space Flight Laboratory PR) – The Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA) has awarded Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of Canada a contract to develop the NorSat Technology Demonstrator (TD) microsatellite. With a primary mission of testing out new technologies in space, NorSat-TD will validate payloads and concepts from Norway, the Netherlands, France, and Italy.
TOKYO — The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is conducting in-orbit demonstration of key components and new elemental technologies using microsatellite as part of the development of innovative basic satellite-related technologies shown in the Basic Space Plan.
We are promoting the “Innovative Satellite Technology Demonstration Program” with the aim of implementing the above in a timely and inexpensive manner.
We are pleased to inform you that we have selected one additional demonstration theme below.
Proposing Organization (Representative)
Main Reasons for Selection
Demonstration of technology and concept to create new space utilization market in Japan and overseas by new space utilization business concept
Debris capture technology demonstration using space tether technology
Shizuoka University (Kimihiro Nomi)
The business of utilizing debris as a recycling resource is novel. We can expect continuous human resource development in collaboration with space ventures.
In the future, we will proceed with preparations such as concluding necessary arrangements, technical adjustments, and safety examinations for the launch.
PADUA, Italy (T4i PR) — T4i, a company providing customized and off-the-shelf propulsion systems, is entering the microsatellite market with its first propulsion system product, REGULUS. It all begun in 2006 with the initial thruster development at the University of Padua.
Passing through the years the first thruster version was miniaturized and then surrounded by all the other subsystems to get a complete propulsion unit. Today REGULUS is almost ready to be integrated in UNISAT-7 for its first launch in space in October.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN PR — REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 11, 2011 — Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and Applied Minds, LLC announced the success of a recent launch and orbit of a Mayflower test microsatellite. Data gathered from around the world was analyzed, showing all tested systems functioned correctly including a new, previously unproven advanced solar cell deployment system. While this first flight collected baseline design data, subsequent flights at higher altitudes will demonstrate unique propulsion, communication and orientation capabilities, and novel payloads.