Design and development of Tokyo Tech pico-satellite Cute-1.7

Jun'ichi Kotoku, Jun Kataoka, Yusuke Kuramoto, Yoichi Yatsu, Tomoko Ikagawa, Takao Saito, Nobuyuki Kawai, Naoki Miyashita, Masafumi Iai, Kuniyuki Omagari, Ken Fujiwara, Yusuke Funaki, Hideyuki Yabe, Saburo Matunaga, Tatsushi Shima

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Cute-1.7 is a pico-satellite mainly developed by students at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech). This will be the second satellite built at Tokyo Tech after the first one, CUTE-I, which was launched in June 2003. The configuration of Cute-1.7 is a 10 cm × 10 cm × 20 cm box with a mass of 2 kg. The engineering objective of Cute-1.7 is to validate commercially available products such as Personal Digital Assistances (PDAs) in the space environment, and to demonstrate a "satellite core concept" which is dividing a satellite into a bus component and a mission component to adopt various missions. The scientific objective is to demonstrate the performance of avalanche photo diodes (APDs) as future X-ray detectors used in the space environment. Results of this mission will provide the first feedback for a space application of APD such as Japan's future X-ray astronomy mission NeXT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58980Z
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes
EventUV, X-Ray, and Gamma-Ray Space Instrumentation for Astronomy XIV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2005 Aug 12005 Aug 3


  • APD
  • Cute-1.7
  • PDA
  • Pico-satellite
  • Satellite core

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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