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2017/07/18: JAXA, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University on Comprehensive Cooperation Agreement

JAXA, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University made a comprehensive agreement on the promotion of microsatellites on March 9, 2017.

2017/03/30: Representatives from the Philippines Visit Hokkaido University

The Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Republic of the Philippines visited the university to congratulate our first batch of Filipino students of the microsatellite project.

2016/11/18: Asian Micro-satellite Consortium agreement effective

The memorandum of understanding to create the Asian Micro-satellite Consortium (AMC) came into effect on November 18. The consortium will comprise 16 space agencies and universities from nine Asian nations, including Japan.

2016/9/21: DIWATA-1 successfully captured high-resolution images

The High Precision Telescope (HPT) installed on DIWATA-1 has successfully captured images with a ground resolution of about 3 meters — a world-best for a 50 kg-class microsatellite.

2016/6/21: DIWATA-1 successfully started

The Philippines’ first microsatellite, DIWATA-1, was successfully released into orbit from the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo on the International Space Station at 20:44 (JST) on April 27, 2016.

2016/4/12: Adopted as Core-to-Core Program funded by JSPS

"Establishment of observing means for dynamics of the Earth environment in Asia with micro-satellites" was adopted as the Core-to-Core Program funded by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

2016/1/13: DIWATA-1 was completed and handed over to JAXA

Development of the DIWATA-1 microsatellite was completed and DIWATA-1 was handed over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the release from the International Space Station.

2014/12/1: Thermal accumulator for microsatellites successfully demonstrated in space

Performance of a thermal storage medium storing heat through changes in crystal structure successfully demonstrated in space.

2014/10/28: UNIFORM-1 successfully observes Mt. Ontake eruption

UNIFORM-1 equipped with a thermal infrared camera developed by Hokkaido University successfully captured Mt. Ontake after it erupted.

2014/7/16: RISING-2 successfully took high resolution images

RISING-2 successfully took ground surface images at a resolution of approximately 5 m, the highest resolution so far in the 50-kg class microsatellite.

2014/6/24: RISING-2 progressing well

RISING-2 continues to fly smoothly after launch. Up to the present, imaging tests carried out using the highly sensitive CCD camera (WFC) on the clouds on the day side near Japan as well as night views were successfully observed. In addition, satellite attitude control using reaction wheels was carried out, and normal functioning of the instrument was confirmed.

2014/5/24: RISING-2 and UNIFORM-1 were successfully launched

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.24 (H-IIA F24) with RISING-2 and UNIFORM-1 onboard at 12:05:14 p.m. on May 24, 2014 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. Then, signals from both the microsatellites were successfully received.

2014/3/14: RISING-2 and UNIFORM-1 launch date decided

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) decided to launch the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No.24 (H-IIA F24) with RISING-2 and UNIFORM-1 at 12:05-12:20 p.m. on May 24 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

2012/12/21: GLIMS obtained the first observation data

GLIMS on the International Space Station (ISS) obtained the first observation data.

2012/11/28: UAV obsevation using AMI succeeded in Indonesia

Airborne Multicolor Imager (AMI) developed by Hokkaido Univeristy was installed on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) developed by the Indonesian Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), and the multispectral observation of peat forest from the UAV was conducted in Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia on 31 October 2012. The objective of this flight campaign successfully achieved by this result is the performance demonstration test of AMI using the Liquid Crystal Tunable Filter (LCTF) technology, which is expected to be useful for the multispectral observation from aircrafts and satellites in the future. The obtained multispectral data from 420 to 700 nm will be used for the tree classfication of peat forest and the estimation of Colored Dissolved Organic Matter (CDOM) in coastal and inland waters in this area.

UAV observation 1AMI on the BPPT's UAV "Wulung"

UAV observation 2Image at 700 nm over peat-forest

2012/7/28: GLIMS arrived at ISS

The H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI 3" (HTV3) carrying GLIMS was successfully berthed to the ISS at 2:31 a.m. on July 28 (JST).

2012/7/21: GLIMS was launched

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-IIB Launch Vehicle No.3 (H-IIB F3) with the KOUNOTORI3 (HTV3, a cargo transfer vehicle to the International Space Station) carrying GLIMS at 11:06:18 a.m. on July 21 (JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

2012/7/9: The 2nd training course for visitors from VNSC

Visitors from Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC) undertook the 2nd training course at Space Mission Center, Hokkaido University.

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