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Oct. 29, 2018 Updated
Take the "Satellites Observing the Globe" tour on Google Earth Discover amazing facts about rockets and satellites From Monday, October 29, 2018

JAXA releases the Story at guide tour "Voyager" on "Google Earth" provided by Google. The Story tells you about the launch of the rocket or JAXA's satellites easily and visibly so that everyone, from children to adult, can enjoy learning them.
In the Story, you can learn about the rocket and the satellites during your tour to space by the rocket and viewing the Earth from the satellites.
Let's fly over the space from your PC, Smartphone or Tablet!

Take the "Satellites Observing the Globe" tour on Google Earth Discover amazing facts about rockets and satellites From Monday, October 29, 2018

Oct. 19, 2018 Updated
BepiColombo Live Launch Coverage Starts at 10 AM Saturday, October 20

MPO, Mercury Planetary Orbiter, developed by the ESA, European Space Agency and MIO, JAXA’s Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter will launch onboard Ariane 5 rocket at 10:45:28 am, October 20 in Japan Time. (10:45:28 pm in local French Guinea Time)

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Starting from 10 am, JAXA will cover the launch live from Guiana Space Centre, European Spaceport in Kourou.
Live streaming is available of late night footage from the Kourou spaceport.

Time of Launch Coverage: 10 am – noon, Japan Time
Scheduled Time of Launch: 10:45:28 am, Saturday, October 20, Japan Time
(10:45:28 pm, Friday, October 19, local French Guinea Time)
Location: Guiana Space Centre, European Spaceport in Kourou

*Note that the launch schedule and the time of live coverage are subject to change, due to mission status updates.

BepiColombo Live Launch Coverage Starts at 10 AM Saturday, October 20

Oct. 3, 2018 Updated
Memorandum of Understanding with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for cooperation on the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission: XRISM

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have agreed to cooperate on the X-Ray Imaging and Spectroscopy Mission: XRISM. On October 2, 2018, Hiroshi Yamakawa, President of JAXA, and Jim Bridenstine, Administrator of NASA, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Bremen, Germany.
In this MOU, JAXA and NASA agreed to strengthen cooperative ties fostered during the development of the X-ray astronomy satellite (ASTRO-H).
In addition, JAXA, NASA, and the European Space Agency (ESA) will contribute components for the soft X-ray spectroscopic imaging system. JAXA and NASA will also cooperate on ground support equipment to process the observed data. Those data will be provided to scientists worldwide through each data center.

Oct. 2, 2018 Updated
UNOOSA and JAXA open Fourth Round of KiboCUBE!

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is pleased to announce the opening of the fourth round of KiboCUBE.

KiboCUBE: Fourth Round
1) Application
Application Submission 31 January, 2019
Eligibility Criteria Entities located in developing countries that are member states of the United Nations (please refer to the “Announcement of Opportunity” for further details.
Deployment Deployment expected by September 2020, subject to the ISS operational requirements and progress of the CubeSat development.
2) Selection
Selection and notification of applicants 30 April, 2019
Maximum of two entities (1U CubeSat per entity) will be selected.

Please refer to the following website for further details regarding the applications for the KiboCUBE fourth round (“Announcement of Opportunity”). The application due date is January 31. We look forward to receiving many applicants and contributing to the capacity building of your country!

(Reference 1)
KiboCUBE programme is a collaboration programme between JAXA and UNOOSA to offer developing countries the opportunity to deploy small satellites from the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” on the International Space Station (ISS).

(Reference 2) Results of past selection
A team from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) was granted e for the 1st round of KiboCUBE, and the satellite was deployed from Kibo in May, 2018.
A team from Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (Guatemala) was granted for the second round of KiboCUBE, and the satellite is scheduled to be deployed in JFY 2018.
A team from Mauritius Research Council (Mauritius) and a team from Surya University (Indonesia) was granted for the third round of KiboCUBE. The satellites are scheduled to be deployed in JFY 2019.

Successful deployment of 1KUNS-PF (Kenyan Satellite, selected as first round of KiboCUBE) from Kibo in May, 2018

Media Briefing at IAC 2018 in Bremen, Germany on October 1st, 2018. Representatives from the selected entities for second and third round of KiboCUBE gathered for the media briefing.

(from left) Ms. Simonetta DiPippo, UNOOSA; Mr. Luis Zea, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala; Dr. Arjoon Suddhoo, Mauritius Research Council; Mr. Sunartoto Gunadi, Surya University of Indonesia; Dr. Koichi Wakata, JAXA

Sep. 23, 2018 Updated
KOUNOTORI7/H-IIB F7 Successfully Launched

The H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 7 with cargo transporter to the International Space Station, the KOUNOTORI7 (HTV7) aboard lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 2:54:27 on September 23. (Japan Standard Time)
The launch vehicle flew smoothly and 14 minutes and 59 seconds after liftoff, the separation of the HTV7 was confirmed. The HTV7 will gradually get closer to and will be berthed at the ISS. Don’t miss the live docking coverage on our website.

KOUNOTORI7/H-IIB F7 Successfully Launched

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