Dream and Reality of Nanosatellites (Activities of Matunaga Lab at ISAS/JAXA and Tokyo Tech)

Int. J. Microgravity Sci. Appl. 2013p136
Author
Saburo MATUNAGA
Organization
Department of Space Flight Systems Engineering, Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, JAXA, JAXA Cooperated Chair, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Abstract
Micro satellite research and development is valuable mainly for the following reasons: (1) practical education of space-system engineering and human resource development, (2) rapid demonstration in space of advanced technologies at component and equipment level, (3) implementation of science missions and actual application missions by ultra-small satellite (constellation), (4) discovery and development of new space engineering and high-value-added business fields. As a practical demonstration under laboratory-student leadership, Matunaga Lab at Tokyo Tech, now at ISAS/JAXA has been developed nanosatellites including World first CubeSat CUTE-I, Cute-1.7 + APD, and Cute-1.7 + APD II, which were all launched into Earth orbit and operated. Now,a 50kg-class satellite named TSUBAME is researched and developed to observe earth and celestial bodies in cooperation with several Japanese university laboratories and students. This paper introduces the nanosatellite activities of Matunaga Lab.
Keyword(s)
Nanosatellites, CanSat, CubeSat, CUTE-I, Cute-1.7 + APD, Cute-1.7 + APD II, TSUBAME
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