IBUKI (GOSAT), a satellite with greenhouse gas observational technologies was developed through a joint project by JAXA, the Ministry of the Environment and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). The satellite will measure greenhouse gases from space. This includes carbon dioxide and methane, which are said to be the cause of global warming. Through this, we aim to gains a deeper scientific understanding of global warming and climate change, to contribute to measures to fight against global warming.
On January 23, 2009, the Ibuki was launched using the H-IIA rocket-15. This was the first small satellite chosen from applications for use of a H-IIA rocket. JAXA’s SDS-1 (Small Demonstration Satellite-1) along with seven other small satellites were launched into orbit around Earth.

STARS/Kagawa University

1. Experiment and demonstration of tether space robot technology

PRISM/University of Tokyo

1. Experiment to acquire images of Earth using an extendable refracting telescope

Kouku Kousen satellite KKS-1/Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology

1. Demonstration of micro thruster and triaxial posture control function

SOHLA-1/Space Oriented Higashiosaka Leading Association

1. Vitalization of regional industries, PETSAT upfront experiments, lighting observations

Kagayaki/Sorun Corporation

1. Activities that contribute to the dreams of space by physically-disabled children
(1) Independent on-board control system
(2) Inflatable extension boom
(3) University mission (debris detection, reduction of the Aurora’s residual magnetic field)