Thursday, January 14, 2021

[JAXA:0637] KiboCUBE: Team from the Central American Integration System Selected
KiboCUBE: Team from the Central American Integration System Selected for Fifth Round and
Extension of KiboCUBE Cooperation Program and Announcement of Opportunity for Sixth Round of KiboCUBE

January 14, 2021 (JST)

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) cooperate under the KiboCUBE program launched in 2015 to provide developing countries with opportunities to deploy CubeSats from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS).
JAXA and OOSA have selected a team from the Central American Integration System (SICA), for the fifth round of KiboCUBE program, which called for applications from March 26, 2019 to September 30, 2019 (Reference 1). It is the first time to select international organization in this program.

Member states of SICA: Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama.

Also, JAXA and UNOOSA have agreed to extend the KiboCUBE program until the end of December 2024 and opened the sixth round of KiboCUBE (Reference2, 3, 4). Through KiboCUBE cooperation program, JAXA and UNOOSA aim to contribute to the capacity building of space related technology in the developing countries.
JAXA contributes to the Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality education, Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth, Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure through this program, along with the promotion of Kibo utilization.

(Reference 1) Selection of fifth round
Name of Satellite:MORAZAN-SAT
Selected Organization/Country:Central American Integration System (SICA)

Mission Overview: capacity building and technology demonstration
(weather data acquisition, emergency alert demo for the natural disaster)
Size: 1U (10cmx10cmx11.35cm, 1.3kg at a maximum mass)

(Reference 2) Extension of KiboCUBE cooperation program
Period: Extended to the end of December 2024
Scope: Sixth and seventh round of KiboCUBE / deployment of CubeSat (1U) from Kibo (number of selections depend on the number and content of applications)

Roles and Responsibilities: See the table below
Note: Selection will be conducted by JAXA and UNOOSA.

(Reference 3) Announcement of Opportunity for Sixth Round of KiboCUBE

See the below website.

(Reference 4) World Space Forum 2020
The announcement of the extension of the KiboCUBE cooperation program, and announcement of opportunity for the sixth round was presented in the virtual conference "World Space Forum 2020" organized by UNOOSA and the United Arab Emirate Space Agency, on December 10.

For detail, please see the below website.


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International Space Station (ISS) / Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo)

International Cooperation

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

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