UNOOSA and JAXA Open 8th Round of the KiboCUBE Programme

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A satellite being deployed from the Kibo on the ISS. Source: UNOOSA

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), has opened the eighth round of applications for the United Nations/Japan Cooperation Programme on CubeSat Deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module “KiboCUBE”. 

This opportunity is tailored for teams from space-emerging countries to develop, launch and deploy a Unit (1U) Cube Satellite (CubeSat) from the International Space Station Japanese Experiment Module Kibo. Furthermore, UNOOSA and JAXA have also extended the agreement between the parties until 2030 to provide more rounds for KiboCUBE. 

KiboCUBE is part of the Satellite Development Track of UNOOSA’s Access to Space for All initiative and was launched in 2015. Since then, teams from Kenya, Guatemala, Mauritius, Moldova, and Indonesia have successfully launched satellites, which have supported their national capacity-building efforts and the contribution of space to socioeconomic development. In addition, three additional teams from the Central American Integration System (SICA), Mexico, and Tunisia are developing their CubeSats for future deployment.

Interested teams can submit applications for the opportunity on UNOOSA’s KiboCUBE Rounds webpage until 31 December 2023. In addition, the KiboCUBE Academy offers webinars to assist potential applicants during the application phase.

For more information, please contact UNOOSA’s Access to Space for All Initiative Team at unoosa-access-to-space@un.org.

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