JAXA, UNOSA Open Fifth Round of KiboCUBE

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

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


Application Submission: September 30, 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: Expected by March 2021, subject to the ISS operational requirements and progress of the CubeSat development.


Selection and notification of applicants: November 30, 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 fifth round (“Announcement of Opportunity”). The application due date is September 30. We look forward to receiving many applicants and contributing to the capacity building of your country!

Application details:

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).

Results of past selection

A team from the University of Nairobi (Kenya) was granted 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. A team from Mauritius Research Council (Mauritius) and a team from Surya University (Indonesia) were granted for the third round of KiboCUBE. JAXA and OOSA are currently under selection of the fourth round of KiboCUBE.