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NinjaSat [RIKEN]

NinjaSat is a 6U Cubesat observatory developed by RIKEN, Mitsui Bussan Aerospace, and Kongsberg NanoAvionics for long-term monitoring of bright X-ray sources, such as binary systems between normal stars and black holes or neutron stars.

Its purpose is to demonstrate that even a small satellite can conduct outstanding scientific observations; unlike large spacecraft, small satellites can be created rapidly and affordably. NinjaSat uses gas X-ray detectors to fill the entire space allotted for science payloads, achieving the best X-ray sensitivity in the world for CubeSat missions.

Nation: Japan
Type / Application: Astronomy, X-ray
Operator: RIKEN
Contractors: RIKEN (payload), Kongsberg NanoAvionics (bus)
Equipment: 1 × 60 W HET, 1 × 30 W HET, 2 × 10 W HEM-Jets, 5 cold gas thrusters
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NinjaSat 2023-174CP 11.11.2023 Va SLC-4E Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with ICEYE X31, X32, X34, X35, Umbra-SAR 07, 08, Pelican 1, FalconSat 10, SPIP, Aether 1, 2, ION-SCV 013, EPICHyper 3, Intuition 1, Crypto3, Lemur-2 181, OSW Cazorla, Ymir 1, PiCo-IoT 1, ..., 9, Unicorn 2J, 2K, HADES D, ROM 3, SpaceANT-D, Tartan Artibeus 2, Impulse 1, Time We’ll Tell, SpaceVan 001, GHGSat C9, C10, C11, Observer 1A, ProtoMéthée, MANTIS, BRO 10, 11, Connecta T3.1, T3.2, GENMAT 1, NinjaSat, OrbAstro PC1, OrbAstro TR1, PEARL 1C, 1H, Platero, Platform 5, Tiger 5, 6, Vindlér 1, ..., 4, Ella 1, Aman 1 (R), Barry 1, Flock-4q 1, ..., 36, Heron Mk.2, IRIS C2, KAFASAT, Lemur-2 179, 180, OMNI-LER1, Outpost Mission 2, JinjuSat 1, Djibouti 1A, Picacho, Veronika, Hello Test 1, 2

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