SpaceTuna 1 Satellite

SpaceTuna 1
SpaceTuna 1
SpaceTuna 1
SpaceTuna 1
Spacecraft name SpaceTuna 1 (SpaceTuna1, Space Tuna No. 1)
Spacecraft type CubeSat
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)
Launched 2022-11-07
NORAD ID 54534
Deployer J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer)
Launcher Antares (NG-18) (MDS-2)
Deployment Deployed from ISS on 2022-12-02
Organisation Kindai University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Japan
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.

Spaceflight Inc. will be taking the university’s payload to space as part of the MDS-2 mission, second mission with Mitsui Deployment Service (MDS). 

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.

Sources [1] [2] [3]
Photo sources [1] [2] [3] [4]
On the same launch

Last modified: 2024-05-29

Feel free to connect at any time.

Created by Erik Kulu


Social Platforms

LinkedIn: Nanosats
Twitter: @nanosatellites

Sister Websites

NewSpace Index:
Factories in Space:

Copyright © 2014 - 2024 Erik Kulu