Apply for UNOOSA and JAXA KiboCUBE Sixth Round

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have opened the application period KiboCUBE sixth round. The deadline for application is May 31, 2021.

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CubeSats First Mauritian Satellite
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The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have opened the application period for KiboCUBE sixth round. The deadline for application is May 31, 2021.

The first round of KiboCUBE was launched in 2016. KiboCUBE uses the International Space Station (ISS) Kibo for the world. It aims to provide educational or research institutions in developing countries that are members of the UN with opportunities to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats), which they develop and manufacture, from the ISS Kibo. Kibo, which means hope in Japanese, is a Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and the first contribution of the JAXA to the ISS programme.

The University of Nairobi in Kenya won the first round of KiboCUBE in 2016. Other past winners include the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (the University of the Valley of Guatemala), Mauritius Research Council, Surya University in Indonesia, Technical University of Moldova, and the Central American Integration System.

“Without any doubt, without KiboCube, we would not have been able to put our first satellite in [the] orbit in 2020”, said Victor Hugo Ayerdi, co-principal investigator from the University of the Valley of Guatemala.

How to apply for KiboCUBE 6th Round

  • A letter of endorsement from the head of the entity applying (Document 1)
  • Download and fully complete the CubeSat Mission Application Form (Document 2)
  • Attach scanned copies of Document 1 and the cover page of Document 2 as pdf-file and the entire document of Document 2 in pdf. (Note: The UNOOSA email account only accepts emails with a size limit of up to 10MB)
  • Send both via email to unoosa-access-to-space@un.org not later than May 31, 2021.

    For more information watch this webinar on how to prepare your application for KiboCUBE or visit UNOOSA website.