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UoN hands over the First KiboCUBE CubeSat to JAXA

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Prof. Jackson Mbuthia, University of Nairobi, receives the handover acknowledgement certificate from, Mr. Kazuyuki Tasaki, Director for JEM Utilization Center of JAXA. Looking on is the Kenyan delegation.

On January 16, 2018, at the JAXA Tsukuba Space Center, a team from the University of Nairobi (UoN) handed over to JAXA the first KiboCUBE CubeSat, 1st Kenyan University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF).

The CubeSat was developed by UoN.
Under the KiboCUBE programme between the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and JAXA, 1KUNS-PF is the first CubeSat selected to be deployed from Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station (ISS). Preparation is underway to reach the deployment timeline, sometime this spring.
Through KiboCUBE, the capacity-building initiative that UNOOSA and JAXA launched in September 2015, both organizations cooperate to offer opportunities to deploy CubeSats from the Kibo module. This dedicated collaboration is designed to improve space technology of the developing countries of the United Nations member states. In Aug
ust 2016, 1KUNS-PF was selected jointly by UNOOSA and JAXA for the first round of KiboCUBE programme, and is the first satellite to be developed and operated by Kenya.
In 2016, the University of Nairobi was selected to be the first beneficiary from the UNOOSA and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, KiboCUBE Program.
Under the framework of the collaboration, these institutions were to collaborate in terms of the design, development, testing and integration of facilities and manpower training for space missions through joint M.Sc. Programs and colla
borative research that will be carried out during the 1KUNS-PF Project.