Design of Tokyo Tech nano-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II and its operation

Hiroki Ashida*, Kota Fujihashi, Shinichi Inagawa, Yoshiyuki Miura, Kuniyuki Omagari, Naoki Miyashita, Saburo Matunaga, Takahiro Toizumi, Jun Kataoka, Nobuyuki Kawai

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

38 Citations (Scopus)


Cute-1.7+APD II is the 3rd satellite developed by the Laboratory for Space Systems at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Cute-1.7+APD II is the current successor to Cute-1.7+APD. This new satellite is based on its predecessor but has some modifications to increase its reliability and robustness against radiation effects, electrical power shortage and so on. The satellite was launched by an ISRO PSLV-C9 rocket on April 28, 2008 and has operated for more than 9 months. Throughout its operation, many missions such as attitude determination and control experiments, scientific observations, photographing and communication experiments have been conducted. In this paper an overview of the Cute-1.7 series and configurations, modifications and operation results of Cute-1.7+APD II are introduced.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1412-1424
Number of pages13
JournalActa Astronautica
Issue number9-10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 May
Externally publishedYes


  • Avalanche photo diode
  • Cute-1.7+APD II
  • Ground station network
  • Magnetic torquer
  • Nano-satellite

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


Dive into the research topics of 'Design of Tokyo Tech nano-satellite Cute-1.7+APD II and its operation'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this