TuPOD deployed by ISS astronauts

The TuPOD has officially been deployed by the astronauts of the “Kibo” Experiment Module of the ISS on January 16, 2017 at 10:50GMT, as scheduled. 

 

The astronauts manually set the launch of six small satellites that were transported to the ISS aboard the spacecraft “KOUNOTORI-6” last month, including the TuPOD. The astronauts accomplished the task using the deployment device JAXA “J-SSOD” (Small Satellites Orbital Deployer), specifically designed to release on orbit  small satellites.
On its own orbit now, the TuPOD has another task in three and a half days, as it will release the two micro satellites that is carrying onboard, TANCREDO I and ONSAT.  

The small satellites deployment has been broadcasted live and a member of GAUSS personnel, Marta Massimiani, attended both the streaming at JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) premises and the press conference that followed the deployment. 

The successful mission marks a great example of both scientific advance and international cooperation.

GAUSS ground controllers have been preparing the ground station in order to be able to listen to the messages that TuPOD (and the two TubeSats) will transmit and collect data. 

Personnel involved in the TuPOD mission watching the deployment broadcast live at the Tsukuba Space Center - Credit: JAXA
Personnel involved in the TuPOD mission watching the deployment broadcast live at the Tsukuba Space Center – Photo Credit: JAXA

 

Deployment of the TuPOD Credit: JAXA/NASA
Deployment of the TuPOD – Photo Credit: JAXA/NASA

 

TuPOD just released from the robotic arm of the ISS - Photo Credit ISS
TuPOD just released from the robotic arm of the ISS – Photo Credit ESA

 

TuPod once released in Space - Photo Credits Thomas Pesques/ISS
TuPod once released in Space – Photo Credits ESA

 

 

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