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Cute-1.7 + APD II Project

Small Satellite Program (SSP), Laboratory for Space Systems (LSS), Tokyo Institute of Technology

Cute-1.7 + APD II is the successor of the CUTE-I nano-satellite and Cute-1.7 + APD developed and built by the second generation of students of the Tokyo Institute of Technology Matunaga Laboratory for Space System (LSS). The Avalanche Photo Diode sensor module, or APD, embarked on this 20cm x 15cm x 10cm nano-satellite was also developed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Kawai Laboratory.

"Cute-1.7 + APD" was launched as a subpayload of the JAXA M-V-#8 Rocket on 22 February 2006 and had been operated for about a month. We add to Cute-1.7 + APD II various improvements based on the on-orbit operation experience and the development experience of Cute-1.7 + APD. Cute-1.7 + APD II will be launched by Indian rocket PSLV, on 30 June 2007. The separation mechanism for release in orbit was also developed at the Tokyo Institute of Technology Matunaga Laboratory for Space System. It is based on the TSD(Tokyo-Tech Separation System Demonstration) experiment regarding CUTE-I and Cute-1.7 + APD I.

We appreciate the grant-in-aid for Scientific Research of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology for the developing costs, and supports from JAXA Open Lab, Tokyo Insitute of Technology COE21, and expenditure of the discretion of the president of Tokyo Institute of Technology for the launch costs.

Cute 1.7 + APD II is an amateur satellite which uses amateur band frequencies . We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) and the Japan AMSAT Association for their guide concerning the development of the satellite . And we appreceiate Mr.Hans van de Groenendaal(ZS6AKV), IARU Satellite Adviser, who helped us greatly in frequency coordination .

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