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Deploying Tiny Satellites from the Station

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Space Station Live: Deploying Tiny Satellites from the Station

Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot interviews Masazumi Miyake, the International Space Station Program Manager for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Japan's main contribution to the space station is the "Kibo" Japanese Experiment Module. Kibo contains a laboratory module, a stowage module, an airlock, a robotic arm and an external platform.

Miyake talks about the nanosatellites, known as Cubesats, three of which were deployed from Kibo Tuesday at 7:10 a.m. EST; a fourth will be released Wednesday at 2:50 a.m. Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata operated Kibo's robotic arm to maneuver a deployer mechanism containing all four satellites from inside Kibo's airlock.

Credit: NASA

Source: NASA - Multimedia

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