Launch of Bhutan's first satelite, BHUTAN-1.
The Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT), Ministry of Information and Communications, is pleased to inform that Bhutan's first satellite (a Cubesat), BHUTAN-1 will piggyback on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with other payload (payloads include research hardware, crew supplies and spare parts for the International Space Station) to the International Space Station (ISS) at 3:42 p.m BST on Friday, 29th June, 2018 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, USA. The launch will take place together with the BIRDS-2 CubeSats of Philippines and Malaysia i.e. MAYA-1 and UiTMST-1.
BHUTAN-1 has been developed by Bhutanese engineers at the Kyushu Institute of Technology as part of their Master’s Degree under the BIRDS-2 Project. The BIRDS Project is a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project for non space faring countries supported by Japan.
The BIRDS-2 CubeSats will be launched with other payloads that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is delivering to the ISS which include research hardware, crew supplies and spare parts for the ISS.
BHUTAN-1 will remain on the ISS and will be released into low earth orbit with the other CubeSats sometime in August 2018. Once released BHUTAN will become operational and can be tracked from the ground station.
The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch will be broadcast live from Cape Canaveral and can be viewed online from 3:15 p.m BST on June 29, 2018 via the link provided below :