JAXA, UNOOSA to work on improving space technology

JAXA, UNOOSA to work on improving space technology

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Japan: The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) are planning to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats) from the Japanese Experiment Module ‘Kibo’ of the International Space Station (ISS). Equipped with an airlock system and robotic arm, the Kibo releases small satellites to space by utilising its special functions.

"By offering this unprecedented opportunity, UNOOSA and JAXA are raising awareness of the role that space science and technology plays in promoting sustainable development and contributing to building national capacities in spacecraft engineering, design and construction, thus building space economies in developing nations,” said Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA. While taking maximum advantage of the Kibo’s strong points and employing the network and know-how with UN member countries, JAXA will offer opportunities of small satellite utilisation from the Kibo to developing countries so that it continue to contribute to the improvement of their space technology.

Source: JAXA