Developed satellite launched in the US

Rocket launched with microsatellite “Hirogari” = 20th, US Wallops Flight Facility (provided by NASA)

Muroran Institute of Technology students rejoice with applause after successful launch of a private rocket carrying a microsatellite = Muroran City, Hokkaido, before dawn on the 21st

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Muroran Institute of Technology students rejoice with applause after successful launch of a private rocket carrying a microsatellite = Muroran City, Hokkaido, before dawn on the 21st

A model of the microsatellite

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A model of the microsatellite “Hirogari” jointly developed by Muroran Institute of Technology and Osaka Prefecture University = before dawn on the 21st, Muroran City, Hokkaido

An artificial satellite jointly developed by students from Muroran Institute of Technology in Hokkaido and Osaka Prefecture University was launched in the United States on a civilian rocket before dawn on the 21st. Five students from Muroran Institute of Technology, who were involved in the development, watched the launch on the screen and applauded each other when the rocket reached outer space.

The name of the satellite is “Hirogari”, which is 10 cm long and 20 cm high. After arriving at the International Space Station, it will be released into space and will operate for about 3 months. We will conduct an experiment to develop a plastic plate that looks like a solar panel and investigate the feasibility of solar power generation in space.

Yoshihiko Miyoshi, a second-year master’s student at Muroran Institute of Technology, who was involved in the design of Hirogari, said, “I finally got to the starting line.”