|Name||SpaceTuna 1 (SpaceTuna1, Space Tuna No. 1)|
|Units or mass||1U|
|Status||Reentry 2023-05-16. No signal? (May be the wrong object and unable to find confirmed successful signal reception reports as of 2022-12-20)|
|Deployer||J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer)|
|Launcher||Antares (NG-18) (MDS-2)|
|Deployment||Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-02|
|Entity||Academic / Education|
|Launch brokerer||JAXA, Spaceflight|
Investigate the performance of retroreflective materials in space by using the satellite.
For this research project, retroreflective material is mounted on the CubeSat, and the reflection characteristics are observed by irradiating a laser from the ground. The CubeSat is also equipped with blue LEDs so that it can be observed from a telescope on the ground. The mission period is a half a year.
Kindai University contracted through Spaceflight to secure the launch, and together worked with MBA (Mitsui Bussan Aerospace) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) to deliver the SpaceTuna1 payload to JAXA where it was integrated into J-SSOD-R, the deployment dispenser.
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