Registration in JAXA Dual Launch Program Candidate List
A Tohoku University inter-graduate school team has been engaged in the
development and manufacturing of a 50 kg class small satellite, named
SPRITE-SAT, under the university initiative.
The team, comprised of Lecturer Yukihiro Takahashi of the
of Science, and Professor Kazuya Yoshida of the
School of Engineering, offered to participate in the dual launch
program of the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency (JAXA), which aims to launch a small satellite
as a piggyback of a larger one in a single launch.
The application was approved with much anticipation, and has been added
to the list of candidate payloads. The launch can be looked forward to
as early as fiscal 2008.
If the program is realized, the SPRITE-SAT will be the first satellite
in the world capable of taking horizontal images of “sprite”,
lightning-induced optical phenomena in the altitude range of 40 - 90 km,
and investigating relationship between terrestrial gamma ray flashes and
electrical discharge luminous emissions from thunder clouds.
Lecturer, Yukihiro Takahashi
Department of Geophysics,