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JAMSS Small Satellites Launch Services

Overview

Satellite Install Case of J-SSODSatellite Install Case of J-SSOD

Packing into Soft foamPacking into Soft foam

Launch!!

J-SSOD installation on JEM ALJ-SSOD installation on JEM AL

Robotics Arm OperationsRobotics Arm Operations

Satellites DeploymentSatellites Deployment

J-SSOD, JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer, is a JAXA-developed CubeSat deployer which is dedicated to CubeSat deployment from JEM of the ISS. It can deploy up to six 1U(10 x 10 x 10cm, max.1.33kg) Cubesats per single mission with maximum size at 3U. It’s deployment orbit parameters are summarized in the table below;.

Deployment Orbit Parameters (Typical)

Parameters Specification
Orbit Typically around 400km
Inclination at 51.6 deg.
Orbiting Lifetime Approximately 150~250 days

Satellites are installed into Satellite Install Case, packed in the ISS common transfer bag with soft cushion, launched as a pressurized cargo and delivered to the ISS.

After arrival at the ISS, J-SSOD is installed by crew on to the JEM Airlock, transferred out through the JEM Airlock, then grappled and handled by JEMRMS (Robotics Arm) . Then the satellites are deployed from Satellite Install Case of J-SSOD into space.

By April 2015, three J-SSOD satellite deployment missions were performed. All missions successfully deployed 100% of the satellites, 10 CubeSats in total, and JAMSS did support all the missions.

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Satellites are installed into Satellite Install Case, packed in the ISS common transfer bag with soft cushion, launched as a pressurized cargo and delivered to the ISS.

After arrival at the ISS, J-SSOD is installed by crew on to the JEM Airlock, transferred out through the JEM Airlock, then grappled and handled by JEMRMS (Robotics Arm) . Then the satellites are deployed from Satellite Install Case of J-SSOD into space.

By April 2015, three J-SSOD satellite deployment missions were performed. All missions successfully deployed 100% of the satellites, 10 CubeSats in total, and JAMSS did support all the missions.

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Advantages

Frequent launch opportunities

Since J-SSOD’s launch opportunities can be provided by multiple launch vehicles such as HTV, Space-X/Dragon, Orbital/Cygnus, etc., there is flexibility in launch schedule with consideration of the satellite development schedule.

Moderate launch environment

Since satellites are packed in the bag called CTB with soft cushions, vibration environment is more moderate than usual piggy-back launch.

Typical Milestones

Typical milestones for J-SSOD satellite launch and deployment are summarized in Fig.6. Typically, satellite can be launched in about 12 months after contract signed.
Because the ISS is a huge manned spacecraft, its safety requirements are complex. Also operation planning of ISS is complicated. But JAMSS can totally support a satellite user from its development phase through its deployment from ISS, based on the company’s abundant experience in supporting all J-SSOD satellite deployment missions, ISS safety review and over 7-years JEM operation and utilization.
Major supports JAMSS offers are as follows.

Design phase

JAMSS supports the satellite design activities from view of ISS safety and J-SSOD interface compatibility, and flexibly coordinate with JAXA to get acceptance.

Verification phase

JAMSS prepares for safety data package of the satellite, submit it to JAXA, and attend JAXA/NASA safety review on behalf of the satellite user.
JAMSS also performs the satellite fit-check to J-SSOD at customer desired location prior to the satellite handover to JAXA, which will minimize any potential risk at the handover such as size mismatching and interference.
JAMSS proceeds the ISS safety review process as simple and user- friendly as possible.

Handover to deployment

JAMSS receives the satellite from the user and handover it to JAXA. JAXA will launch and deploy the satellite from the ISS.
JAMSS also coordinate with JAXA for the schedule based on the user’s request.

Typical Milestones (*1). Space-X is one of logistics carriers for resupply of ISS.

Typical Milestones
(*1). Space-X is one of logistics carriers for resupply of ISS.

Deployment Schedule

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J-SSOD Deployment Heritages

No. Carrier Launch Date Deployment Date CubeSats
1 HTV-3 July 21, 2012 Oct 4, 2012 2UX1, 1UX4
2 HTV-4 Aug 4, 2013 Nov 19, 2013 1UX3, 3UX1
3 SPX-5 Jan 10, 2015 Feb 5, 2015 1UX1
4 HTV-5 Aug 19, 2015 Sep 17, 2015

3UX2

5

Cygnus

May 23, 2016

-

50kg class

6

HTV6

Dec 9, 2016

JAN 16, 2017

3UX3, 2UX1, 1UX3

Detail information on some CubeSats can be found in the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) website at http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kiboexp/jssod/

Documents

(1)Process and Recent Lessons Learned of CubeSat Launch and Deployment from Japanese Experiment Module of ISS (JMB-152021)

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