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Vienna, 11 February 2019


Media representatives are invited to the

Side event on UNOOSA/Government of Japan Cooperation on Capacity Building Initiatives

Friday 15 February 2019
followed by reception 14:00-14:45

Board Room D and reception in the Coffee Corner, Vienna International Centre

VIENNA, 11 February (United Nations Information Service) - Members of the Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), and members of the international space community, will gather in Vienna from 11 to 22 February 2019 for the Scientific and Technical Session (STSC) of COPUOS. Participants will discuss scientific evolutions in the sector and their potential to address new and emerging sustainable development challenges. 

On the side of STSC, UNOOSA and the Government of Japan are organizing a side event on progress and next steps in their joint cooperation and capacity building initiatives.

Together with the Japanese Space Agency JAXA, UNOOSA runs the KiboCUBE programme, which offers institutions from developing countries the opportunity to develop a 1U Cube Satellite to be deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) "KiboCUBE".

The first CubeSat developed under the programme, from the University of Nairobi, was deployed from the ISS on 11 May 2018 and was the first Kenyan satellite to be launched into space, as well as the first object launched into space with the support and under the auspices of the UN. Representatives from the Government of Kenya will discuss their experience at the event, where more exciting stories and updates on the programme will also be shared. 

More information about KiboCUBE can be found here:

The side event will also present the Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite, which provides Masters and Doctorate degrees to students from developing countries. This programme is run by UNOOSA and the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) and is supported by the Government of Japan.

More information about the Fellowship can be found here:

The event will include remarks from:

Mitsuru Kitano, Ambassador of Japan to the International Organisations in Vienna

Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA

James K.T. Aruasa, Chairman Board of Directors of the Kenya Space Agency, Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Kenya

Yoshikazu Shoji, Director, JAXA International Relations and Research Department

Shigeki Kamigaichi, Senior Expert, JAXA Human Spaceflight Technology Directorate

George Maeda, Associate Professor, Kyutech


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Ottavia Pesce
Communication Officer
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs
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