[amsat-bb] Re: new ISS small satellite deployment system by JAXA

Robert Oler cvn65vf94 at msn.com
Tue Mar 8 08:12:48 PST 2011

There was a pretty good discussion on this at NASAspaceflight.com and some of the other "off line" satellite boards.  Big things are happening in the small sat market particularly among those who are willing to carry them.  Watch for some announcements from SpaceX for instance in the coming 4-6 months.

Robert Oler WB5MZO Houston TX

> From: m-arai at a.email.ne.jp
> Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 23:03:08 +0900
> To: amsat-bb at amsat.org
> Subject: [amsat-bb]  new ISS small satellite deployment system by JAXA
> JAXA announced new ISS small satellite deployment system. The
> deployment use Kibo's airlock and robot arm. Kibo is the Japanese
> Experiment Module (JEM).
> The satelltes deliver to ISS in cushoning bag by supply ship Progress
> or HTV. The satellites are equiped on the deployment feature. The
> deployment feature is put overboard through the airlock. The robot arm
> grabs the deployment feature, set the position and deploy the
> satellites.
> The deployed satellites reenter about 100 days.
> Now, JAXA put out a call for Japanse satellites to demonstrate this
> new system. The satellite is 1U, 2U or 3U CubeSat. Total size is 4U.
> Tow to four satellites will be selected (eg 1U+3U, 1Ux2+2U, 1Ux4).
> Here is the demonstration plan
>   May 2011: satellites selection
>   May 2012: deliver satellites to JAXA
>   Sep 2012 or later: deployment using the new system
> The new system will relax vibration test condition compared to rocket
> launch. This will be good news for satellite manufactures.
> The new deployment system will make much satellite launch chances.
> The press release material is on the JAXA's web site. Sorry, it's in
> Japanse.
> http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2011/03/20110302_sac_smallsat.pdf
> Masa  JN1GKZ
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