The TSUBAME satellite project is the fourth satellite project undertaken by the Laboratory for Space Systems (LSS) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. TSUBAME follows on from its three predecesor CubeSat-class satellites, CUTE-I, Cute-1.7 + APD, and Cute-1.7 + APD II. Following the launch of the LSS's third satellite, Cute-1.7 + APD II, the TSUBAME project was initialised and is currently in the BBM (Bread Board Model) development phase.

  The Laboratory for Space Systems is responsible for the overall running of the project, development, test, launch and operation as well as for the specific development of the satellite bus system. The scientific sensor equipment installed was developed by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Kawai Laboratory. The installation of such equipment in this 45cm x 45cm x 45 cm micro-satellite demonstrates the application of the LSS's satellite bus for various mission types.

  An application has been made for the TSUBAME satellite to be launched via a H-IIA piggyback launch window provided by JAXA under the selection criteria (priority A). The launch is planned for either 2011 or 2012.

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  • The Matunaga Laboratory for Space Systems (LSS) at the Tokyo Institute of Technology initiated its satellite development program in 1998 following the attandence of three LSS members to the University Space Symposium (USSS) in Hawaii. In this symposium the professor Bob Twiggs of Stanford University suggested the so-called "CanSat" concept, whereby the entire satellite would adopt the size of a 350ml can. Since this time students at the LSS have been working with student-led satellite development projects, realizing low-cost and short-term development programmes.

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