Taiwan, Japan join hands in developing miniaturized satellite

Taipei,  Taiwan and Japan are working together to develop a miniaturized satellite that is scheduled to be launched into space in 2022 and will validate two key technologies to be used in Taiwan’s future space program, a space official said Monday.

The program titled “6U Fast Validation CubeSat” is a joint venture between the National Space Organization (NSPO) and University of Tokyo’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, said NSPO Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen (余憲政).

Yu said that as part of Taiwan’s ongoing third phase of its space program, it is now designing high-resolution optical remote sensors and optical mechanical systems that will be installed on high-resolution optical remote sensing satellites in the future.

To make sure the designs of the two technologies are applicable in the space, the NSPO joined hands with University of Tokyo to design the 6U Fast Validation CubeSat as a validation platform for the two technologies, Yu said.

A CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite for space research that is made up of multiples of 10 cm × 10 cm × 10 cm cubic units. The small, cost effective satellites are ideal for academic-use, according to Yu.

The 6U, or six units CubeSat, currently under design, meanwhile, are expected to measure 36.6 centimeters long, 22.6 cm wide and 10 cm tall.

The completed 6U CubeSat is scheduled to be launched to the International Space Station in mid-2022 and then be deployed at an orbital altitude of approximately 380-420 km, Yu said.

The University of Tokyo is in charge of the design of the CubeSat itself, while the NSPO is responsible for the designs of the remote sensors and optical mechanical systems.

Two Japanese space service companies — Edge Lab. Co., Ltd. and Space BD — will be responsible for sending CubeSat into the space, according to the NSPO.

 

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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