CNTS: meeting within the KiboCUBE Program

Since summer, the activity of the National Center for Space Technologies within the UTM (CNTS) met a new dimension. In June a.c. CNTS team was selected by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) for the fourth round of the KiboCUBE Program for the launch, in 2020, of the TUMnanoSAT nanosatellite from the International Space Station (ISS) with the help of the Japanese experimental module KiboCUBE. Thus, the dedicated collaboration between UNOOSA and JAXA in the use of ISS KiboLancer to launch CubeSat nanosatellites has been extended, with the Technical University of Moldova as a partner.

In the context of this collaboration, today, September 9, CNTS-UTM is hosting a JAXA-TUM-UNOOSA meeting, during which the launch project of the first satellite of the Republic of Moldova in the KiboCUBE program under the auspices of UNOOSA and JAXA was officially started.

The parties also planned a dialogue on the launch of CubeSat nanosatellites from the International Space Station (ISS) using the experimental module KiboCUBE.

Having the guests mr. Masayuki Goto, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), technical coordinator of the KiboCube project / Mr. Tetsuro Mizuno, Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS), the reunion is attended by an extensive CNTS team: Center Director, acad. Ion Bostan and vice-director, associate professor, dr. Nicolae Secrieru, Ion Avram – coordinator of satellite – ground station communication; Oleg Lupan – coordinator of nano / microwires sensors payload, accompanied by a team of young researchers in the field – masters, doctoral students, doctors in science, responsible for certain aspects in the elaboration and manufacture of the nanosatellite “TUMnanoSAT”: Irina Cojocari – science researcher NCST: satellite orientation, stabilization; Valentin Ilco – NCST junior researcher, communication subsystem, CubeSat Systems Integration; Alexei Martiniuc – master student, junior researcher NCST: OBC, OBC software and communication; Vladimir Melnic – postgraduate student, science researcher NCST: satellite orientation, stabilization; Nicolai Levinet – postgraduate student, junior researcher NCST: OBC, OBC software and communication; Sergiu Candraman – postgraduate student, science researcher NCST: satellite orientation, stabilization and attitude determination payload; Andrei Margarint – postgraduate student, Ground Station Operations.

The participants of the meeting were greeted by the rector of UTM, prof., dr. Viorel BOSTAN, and Dinu ȚURCANU, vice-rector for Informatization, Partnerships, Institutional Image and Communication.

In his greeting message, the rector emphasized that the project is of major importance for CNTS-UTM, which designed the “TUMnanoSAT” nanosatellite family, in accordance with the international standard CubeSat. It will have a major impact in improving the quality of engineering studies based on modern space technologies, attracting young researchers in the development and strengthening of scientific research in the field of space exploration and the integration of the Republic of Moldova in the community of countries that develop space technologies.

The meeting built up to the visit of the Ambassador of Japan to Chișinău, Masanobu Yoshii, accompanied by representatives of the diplomatic corps, who toured the CNTS, being deeply impressed by the results of the activity of CNTS researchers in space .

CubeSat nanosatellites are developed for educational and research purposes, their mission being to verify the functionality of different modules and subsystems of satellites.