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Raiko is a 2U-Cubesat built by the japanese Wakayama and Tohoku Universities.

The mission of Raiko is:

  • Shooting images of the Earth through a fish-eye lens camera
  • Measuring relative movement when deployed from the ISS through photo shooting
  • Experiment of a star sensor
  • Orbit descending experiment using membrane deployment
  • Development of a small movable ground station and receiving signals via international cooperation
  • Orbit determination experiment by Doppler frequency measurement of Ku-band beacon radio wave
  • High speed data communication experiment by Ku-band communication equipment

Raiko was launched on board of HTV 3 to the International Space Station, from where it was deployed on October 4th 2012.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Wakayama Univiersity and Tohoku University
Contractors: Wakayama Univiersity and Tohoku University
Equipment: Camera
Configuration: CubeSat (2U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, 2 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries
Mass: 2 kg
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Raiko 1998-067CN 21.07.2012 Ta YLP-2 H-2B-304 with HTV 3 (Kounotori 3), WE WISH, FITSat 1, F 1, TechEdSat 1