Update: The TuPOD will be released in January 2017 (exact date yet to be set).
On November 7th 2016 the TuPOD has been integrated in the CubeSat launcher J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer) at JAXA’s Tsukuba Space Center (TKSC) in Ibaraki Prefecture (Japan).
The TuPOD integration into the J-SSOD deployer has been successfully carried out by a team of experts from JAXA, from the Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS*) and from GAUSS Srl.
GAUSS Srl is the designer of the TuPOD, and performed the integration of the two small satellites housed in it, the TubeSats TANCREDO-I and OSNSAT.
The J-SSOD deployer, where the TuPOD has been integrated together with other 6 nano satellites, will be installed in the H-IIB Transfer Vehicle “KOUNOTORI” (HTV-6) later this week. The HTV-6 will be launched via the H-IIB launch vehicle to the International Space Station next month (December 9, 2016, 1:26PM GMT), from where the TuPOD will be released into orbit, in the framework of the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo”.
The HTV-6 launch is scheduled for December 9, 2016, 1:26PM GMT from Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center.
The possible launch window r
anges from December 10 through December 31 2016, based on ISS operations scheduling.
The mission uses cutting-edge technology and the TuPOD itself represents an innovative space product, developed to launch a new type of pico-satellites, such as TubeSats.
- Press Video from Japanese Asahi TV News
- Jaxa Press Website
- NHK News Article
- Biglobe News Article
- More on the TuPOD Mission
PDF file about the satellites integrated in the J-SSOD deployers (Courtesy of JAXA)