CubeSats for BIRDS-2 handed over to JAXA. Launch preparations completed!
June 26, 2018
On May 15, 2018, three CubeSats designed and developed in Japan by students from Bhutan, the Philippines, and Malaysia were handed over to JAXA at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center, and started loading preparations for their launch.
The CubeSats handed over this time are for the second round of the BIRDS Project* intended to deploy CubeSats from the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” in accordance with the strategic partnership agreement between JAXA and the Kyushu Institute of Technology, and are scheduled to be launched onboard the Dragon CRS-15 spacecraft (SpX-15) from Florida, USA.
In the BIRDS-2 programme participated by four countries (Japan, Bhutan, the Philippines, and Malaysia), each country except Japan developed a small cube satellite 10 cm on each side (called a CubeSat) for a total of three CubeSats–“BHUTAN-1” (Bhutan), “MAYA-1 (the Philippines)” and “UiTMSAT-1” (Malaysia). Bhutan is going to launch its first satellite.