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Newsletter 01:
Issue No. 1 was released on 18 January 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 01
1. Introduction to the BIRDS Project
2. The Mission Statement
3. Profile of project members (students)
4. Mission Design Summary (from Taiwo)
5. Ground Station Network
6. Mission Design Review
7. ANUC of Ghana becomes the first official overseas member of the BIRDS Project


Newsletter 02:
Issue No. 2 was released on 24 March 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 02
1. BIRDS Project Photo Contest
2. PDR (Preliminary Design Review)
3. One-month visit by Dr. Balt Suvdantsetseg
4. Student Apiwat (Thailand) attends JAMSAT Symposium of 2016, and makes report
5. Subsystem Summary #1: Structure
6. Subsystem Summary #2: Digi-Singer
7. Subsystem Summary #3: POS (Position)
8. Subsystem Summary #4: ATM (Atmosphere)
9. A Very Good Video by our Mongolian Team


Newsletter 03:
Issue No. 3 was released on 16 April 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 03
1. Subsystem Summary #5:  COM
2. Subsystem Summary #6: OBC
3. Subsystem Summary #7: CAM
4. Photo Report: Ground station in Thailand
5. Photo Report: Ground station in Ghana
6. Videos by Team Bangladesh
7. More pics of ANUC-Kyutech signing ceremony on 6 January 2016


Newsletter 04:
Issue No. 4 was released on 16 May, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 04
1. BIRDS students meet two JAXA engineers
2. Ni-MH Battery Screening Process
3. BIRDS Golden Week Barbeque & Cooking Contest
4. Winners of the cooking contest
5. Subsystem Summary #8: EPS
6. Subsystem Summary #9: Antenna System
7. Subsystem Summary #10: SEL
8. BIRDS Project explained at RAST, Radio Amateur Society of Thailand
9. News from the ground station of ANUC, Ghana
10. BIRDS Summer Workshop (formal title: First International BIRDS Project Workshop and CDR)


Newsletter 05:
Issue No. 5 was released on 19 June, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 05
1. BIRDS Workshop: Welcome message from Japan Team
2. BIRDS Workshop: Welcome message from Ghana Team
3. BIRDS Workshop: Welcome message from Mongolia Team
4. BIRDS Workshop: Welcome message from Nigeria Team
5. BIRDS Workshop: Welcome message from Bangladesh Team
6. Delivery of Structure and Thermal Tests Model (STM)
7. Battery Screening Overview
8. Press coverage of BIRDS in Bangladesh
9. The first BIRDS article to appear in the Japanese news media
10. Subsystem Summary #11: ADCS (Attitude Determination . . .)
11. Ground Station in Taiwan
12. Assembly of the EM (Engineering Model)


Newsletter 06:
Issue No. 6 was released on 12 July, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 06
1. BIRDS Project described during 2016 COPUOS Meeting in Vienna
2. BIRDS Workshop: The program (agenda)
3. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 1 Overseas guests arrive from Ghana, Mongolia, Malaysia, etc.
4. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 1 Tour of LaSEINE lab facilities
5. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 1 Afternoon of Day 1 (lunch, talks by each country, LOI, etc.)
6. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 1 Official Group Photo of the workshop
7. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 1 Workshop reception (in Kokura)
8. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 2 Critical Design Review (CDR)
9. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 3 Press Conference
10. BIRDS Workshop: DAY 3 “Letter of Intent” (LOI) Signing Ceremony
11. BIRDS Workshop: Output of the Press Conference: article by Yomi-uri Newspaper
12. BIRDS Workshop: Output of the Press Conference: article by Mai-nichi Newspaper
13. BIRDS Workshop: BIRDS Project presented on TV in Bangladesh (television news)
14. Tobata Gion Oyamagasa Festival
15. UN supports Basic Space Science – research, education, and applications; this is a book review.


Newsletter 07:
Issue No. 7 was released on 11 August, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents for Issue No. 07
1. Official name of each BIRDS satellite
2. Antenna pattern test in anechoic chamber
3. Work begins on the BIRDS Ground Station
4. Tobata Gion Oyama-gasa Festival
5. Kukinoumi Fireworks Festival
6. Installation of hardware at the Tainan (NCKU) Ground Station
7. Thermal vacuum testing of multiple cubesats
8. Vibration testing: why and how?


Newsletter 08:
Issue No. 8 was released on 15 September, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 08
1. Mainichi Newspaper interviews the Bangladesh Team
2. The weekly BIRDS Project meeting (a sample)
3. Royal Government of Bhutan announces its participation in BIRDS-2
4. Mongolia's first satellite (BIRDS) announced in Mongolia's news media
5. BIRDS team goes to Saga to take FCC Amateur Radio License exam
6. Newspaper in Ghana talks about the BIRDS Project
7. BIRDS members will participate in “2016 World Space Week in Kitakyushu”
8. Management aspects of the BIRDS Project
9. Two BIRDS students participate in the 60th Space Science and Tech. Conf. at Hakodate
10. BIRDS Research Coordinator G. Maeda travels to Sudan and Ethiopia
11. Kyutech International Coordinator S. Kikuchi travels to Mongolia


Newsletter 09:
Issue No. 9 was released on 19 October, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 09
1. Congratulations to all who passed the FCC amateur radio license exam of 3 Sept 2016
2. BIRDS mentioned in Issue No. 884 of “Kyutech Journal”
3. BIRDS mentioned at Small Sat 2016 (Utah State, USA)
4. JAXA mentions BIRDS at “Mexico-Japan Education Forum” during 2016 IAC Mexico
5. Good news from NUM (National University of Mongolia)
6. Innovative educational aspects of BIRDS presented at 2016 IAC Mexico
7. Announcement regarding United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies (Kitakyushu, Japan)
8. BIRDS members participate in Kitakyushu’s World Space Week (a global UN event)
9. Taiwo (the Project Manager) will present the project at UNISEC-Global@Bulgaria


Newsletter 10:
Issue No. 10 was released on 13 November, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 10
1. BIRDS students talk at Meisenkai branch of Kurume
2. NUM announces at the UN its involvement in the BIRDS Project
3. UNOOSA recognizes Kyutech’s capacity building achievements, including BIRDS
4. Departure from Narita for UNISEC-Global in Bulgaria
5. FBS TV (local TV station) shoots BIRDS work for a documentary
6. Project Manager Taiwo presents BIRDS Project at UNISEC-Global in Bulgaria
7. Latest photos of some of the BIRDS ground stations around the world
8. Bhutan students (BIRDS-2) have audience with their prime minister
9. Bhutan news media covers the nation’s first step into space
10. Bhutan students arrive at Kyutech
11. Group photos of BIRDS-1 and BIRDS-2 teams
12. BIRDS-2 Project Kick-Off Meeting


Newsletter 11:
Issue No. 11 was released on 18 December, 2016. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 11
1. BIRDS Ice breaker Lunch
2. BIRDS covered extensively at 2016 APRSAF through three presentations
3. BIRDS participates in Kyutech Student Festival
4. Profile of Reuben Jikeme Umunna – new member of the BIRDS-1 Team
5. The work of Salehin Kibria in the BIRDS Project
6. BIRDS-1_EM_V2 Long Distance Communication Test
7. Introducing Mr Mainbayar Altansukh of Mongolia
8. Milestones of frequency coordination for BIRDS
9. BIRDS-3
10. The Mongolian team, plus two visitors from Mongolia
11. Deadline reminder for 2017 PNST applications
12. Introducing Prof. Duger Ulam-Orgikh of Mongolia
13. Management of ANU (Ghana) visits KMUTNB (Thailand)
14. Each team undergoes rigorous practice for solar panel attachment
15. BIRDS engineers do ground operation practice with actual HORYU-4 passes
16. Azami and Syazana (both UiTM of Malaysia) join BIRDS-2 Team
17. Full-discharge-and-recovery test on the batteries
18. Introducing Prof. Mohammad Tariqul Islam
19. BIRDS-2 students sit amateur radio license exam


Newsletter 12:
Issue No. 12 was released on 13 January, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 12
1. Thanks and farewell to Salehin (who helped BIRDS-1 on antenna issues)
2. BIRDS-1 and BIRDS-2 mentioned during Joint Session of SEU-WG and ST-WG of recent APRSAF
3. BIRDS-2 Team celebrates 109th National Day of Bhutan
4. BIRDS students Bonsu (Ghana) and Ibukun (Nigeria) present at “SAES_2016” symposium
5. BIRDS-1 engaged in assembly of Flight Models
6. TV film crew comes from Mongolia to Kyutech
7. Explanation of Kyutech’s logo
8. Filming TV in Kitakyushu
9. BIRD-2 MDR (Mission Definition Review)
10. Celebration of BIRDS-2 MDR completion, and the completion of Year 2016
11. New Year Greetings from the BIRDS-1 Team (in the assembly clean room)
12. Paper to be published soon: Classification of Countries Worldwide according to Satellite Activity Level, by J.Polansky and M.Cho.
13. To communicate with BIRDS satellites you must have a valid radio operator's license
14. Ground Station (GS) of UiTM --- a status report
15. Thermal Test Plan for BIRDS-1 Flight Models


Newsletter 13:
Issue No. 13 was released on 24 February, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 13
1. Visiting scholars – welcome Dr. Werner Balogh of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs
2. Space Engineering Seminar of SEIC
3. The +Y side of each BIRDS-1 satellite has a special “country pattern”
4. BIRDS Project discussed on nation-wide television in Mongolia
5. BIRDS Students Taiwo and Turo give 20-minute talks at lean satellite standards workshop in Tokyo
6. International Workshop on lean Satellite Standardization – 2017
7. Call signs are given to BIRDS-1 !
8. Students (including BIRDS-2) visit Karato Fish Market for Japanese cultural experience
9. Dr Donkor (President of ANUC, Ghana) visits Kyutech for planning discussions
10. Mr Korpong of King Mongkut's University (N.Bangkok) visits Kyutech and BIRDS
11. Developer of BIRDS-1 and -2 patch antennas invited as a keynote speaker
12. Thermal vacuum test of BIRDS-1 Flight Models – 4 units simultaneously
13. BIRDS Antenna system test and development
14. FM Integration and Vibration Testing
15. Completion of the BIRDS flight models – press conference held at Kyutech in the AM
16. In the PM, a press conference was held for the benefit of the media in Bangladesh
17. The Flight Models go to JAXA (Tsukuba Space Center)
18. BIRDS at Tsukuba: Photos provided by JAXA
19. Lessons learnt by BIRDS-1 – transmitted to BIRDS-2 members
20. General announcement: First International Workshop on Smallsats for Space Weather Research and Forecasting (SSWRF)
21. Antara receives award for outstanding mid-term presentation from Prof. Honda



Newsletter 14:
Issue No. 14 was released on 28 March, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 14
1. The importance of UNISPACE + 50
2. Celebration of the delivery of five BIRDS-1 satellites to JAXA (which was done on 9 Feb.)
3. Visitors from National Univ. of Mongolia, and from King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok
4. Student Nakamura presents BIRDS at Kyutech small sat workshop
5. Space Policy Strategy – making ten year plans
6. KMUTNB Ground Station
7. Planned location for the UiTM BIRDS Ground Station, in Malaysia



Newsletter 15:
Issue No. 15 was released on 30 April, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 15
1. BIRDS-2 PDR (Preliminary Design Review)
2. Video conference between Antenna Team (UiTM) and BIRDS-2 Representatives
3. Progress presentation at UiTM
4. Call sign for UiTM Ground Station
5. Taiwo interviewed by “Fukuoka Now“
6. Kyutech-UiTM business meeting
7. SEIC/BIRDS students do farewell lunch for Dr Werner Balogh on 28 March 2017
8. Interview with Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr., of DOST in the Philippines
9. Interview with Rei Kawashima, Secretary General, UNISEC
10. The President of Ghana is presented with a mock-up of GhanaSat 1 (a BIRDS-1 cubesat)
11. Cherry blossoms are in bloom – the most beautiful time of the year in Japan
12. Dr Suvdaa publishes capacity building paper in Mongolian Journal of Strategic Studies
13. Bhutan students are formally admitted in Kyutech
14. ITU issues IFIC (Int'l Frequency Info Circular) for BIRDS-1; hence NASA can launch all five BIRDS-1
15. BIRDS-2 Team celebrates completion of their PDR
16. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-01: ADCS - Attitude Determination and Control System (ADCS)
17. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-02: AMR-MM Mission
18. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-03: Antenna Design
19. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-04: APRS-DP Mission
20. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-05: Camera Mission
21. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-06: Communication Subsystem and Ground Station Network
22. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-07: COTS GPS Mission
23. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-08: OBC Subsystem
24. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-09: SEL Mission
25. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-10: Store-and-Forward Mission


Newsletter 16:
Issue No. 16 was released on 29 May, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 16
1. News about Bhutan's first satellite (BIRDS-2) is covered by newspaper in Bhutan
2. Golden Week Lunch for the BIRDS-2 Team (another event to celebrate the completion of the PDR)
3. BIRDS-1 Team Member has written an outreach guide for receiving BIRDS signals with a home-made antenna
4. Trip report to Ghana
5. Trip report to Nigeria
6. Tokyo unveils its logo for international branding
7. UPD Members of the BIRDS-2 are interviewed by ANC of the Philippines
8. Operational rehearsal of BIRDS-1 (preparing for the operation of five BIRDS-1 satellites while on orbit)
9. “The Big Power of the Small Sat Revolution” (Via Satellite “VS” Magazine)
10. Satellite news at the ANUC's main website (Ghana)
11. Great new video by the BIRDS-1 Bangladesh Team – check it out
12. Fellowship Program of: The Matsumae International Foundation
13. June Launch of BIRDS-1: Press Release by the Bangladesh Team
14. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-11: EPS (Electrical Power System)
15. BIRDS-2 Subsystem Report-12: Structure
16. Tentative plan for the BIRDS-2 CDR of July 18-19
17. Profiles of the BIRDS-2 Team Members
18. Viewing the launch of BIRDS-1 via the Web


Newsletter 17:
Issue No. 17 was released on 26 June, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 17
1. BRAC Founder and its Chairman Sir Fazle Hasan Abed formally inaugurated the ground station of BRAC University
2. Altitude of the ISS for the past year
3. How does the ISS orbit the earth?
4. BIRDS members participate in local sports events – experiencing more of Japan
5. The SpaceX@Florida launch that did not happen
6. Trip Report to Mongolia
7. Princess Mako’s visit to Bhutan covered by the media in Japan and in Bhutan
8. BIRDS-Bangladesh covered by leading print newspaper in Bangladesh
9. Successful launch of the BIRDS-1 constellation aboard Falcon 9 rocket
10. CRS-11's Dragon successfully captured by the ISS
11. Photos from the launch site (Pad 39A of the NASA’s Kennedy Space Center)
12. Some of the messages received regarding the successful launch
13. The launch is covered by Nigerian television
14. The launch is viewed by the FUTA community (in Nigeria)
15. The status of BIRDS-2 Frequency Coordination (FC)
16. Prof. Cho makes a presentation at June 2017 COPUOS Meeting in Vienna
17. YouTube site for viewing the deployment of BIRDS-1
18. What is Tana Bata Day?
19. Tobata Gion Oyamagasa Festival
20. BIRDS-1 of Ghana covered by its media
21. For SEIC and BIRDS students, Dr. Amelia Greig teaches rocket propulsion course
22. The BIRDS Session during recent ISTS meeting in Matsuyama
23. Kyutech BIRDS members conduct outreach at Kurume University
24. Some photos from Bhutan
25. Concerning the first signals of BIRDS-1 satellites after ISS release
26. BIRDS-2 student Adrian discusses store-and-forward during SEIC Lunch Time Seminar
27. Proposed BIRDS-1 QSL card by Ghana
28. Proposed BIRDS-1 QSL card by Mongolia
29. Proposed BIRDS-1 QSL card by Nigeria
30. Proposed BIRDS-1 QSL card by Bangladesh
31. Kafi is awarded second prize for Best Poster at ISTS
32. First meeting of the BIRDS Ground Station Operator Network
33. Team Bangladesh trip to home
34. BIRDS-1 news story on Nigerian television, as ISS deployment approaches
35. The current schedule of the BIRDS-2 CDR of 18th July, which starts at 13:00
36. Upcoming space technology events – message from the United Nations
37. The 2-day CDR event of BIRDS-2 on 18 and 19 July 2017


Newsletter 18:
Issue No. 18 was released on 30 July, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 18
1. Yeshey gives a public talk on "Bhutan in Space" at Kyutech Library
2. The first general paper about the BIRDS Project goes back to November of 2015
3. JSPS funding for 3 years of BIRDS International Workshops
4. Apiwat (BIRDS-1 member) recently visited Kyutech
5. On 27 June, Dr Amelia Greig formally received her Letter of Appointment to Kyutech
6. All back issues of the LaSEINE Annual Report are available on line
7. Delivery of BIRDS-1 to the ISS is reported in APRSAF News Mail No. 150
8. Prof Shibata (robotics research, Kyutech) promotes SEIC at AIR in India
9. BIRDS Project written up in the LaSEINE Annual Report (issued in March of 2017)
10. Japan changes landing permission sticker
11. Kyutech welcomes Miss Gladys Oppong of Ghana to inspect BIRDS activities
12. Watch BIRDS-1 FM assembly in fast-motion video
13. BIRDS-2 Solar Panel Assembly Practice
14. Announcement from the Malaysians of BIRDS-2
15. Deployment Viewing at JAXA Tsukuba Space Center, non-JAXA photos
16. Deployment Viewing at JAXA Tsukuba Space Center, JAXA photos
17. BIRDS-1 deployment viewing in Thailand
18. Naadam Celebration by Kyutech Mongolians
19. JA1GDE sent a signal report for BIRDS-1
20. DK3WN sent a signal report for BIRDS-1
21. Assembly of BIRDS-2 Engineering Model EM-1 on 15 July 2017
22. Arrival of the 5-person delegation of Bhutan for the BIRDS-2 CDR
23. Report by Ms. Gladys Yaa Saah Oppong on her recent visit to Kyutech
24. Nikkei writes about the deployment of BIRDS-1 constellation
25. “Certificates of Appreciation” given out during BIRDS-1 Deployment Party
26. Report on the ground station in the Philippines
27. Tobata Gion Yamagasa Festival was attended by many members of BIRDS
28. BIRDS-2 Logo
29. BIRDS-2: Antenna gain and radiation pattern measurement
30. BIRDS-2: Structure assembly procedure
31. BIRDS-2: Vibration test activity

Newsletter 19:
Issue No. 19 was released on 25 August, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 19
1. BIRDS-1 of Nigeria (“EduSat-1”) is described in The Nigerian Tribune
2. Day 1 of the BIRDS-2 CDR (the next few pages)
3. Day 2 of the BIRDS-2 CDR (the next few pages)
4. The departure of the UiTM delegation
5. The visit to Kyutech by UiTM is written up at the website of UiTM
6. Check out this popular beer joint the next time you visit Kitakyushu
7. Dr. Werner Balogh receives BIRDS-1 Certificate of Appreciation during INSPIRE Workshop
8. Steps were taken to register BIRDS-1 names with NORAD
9. A new age for remote sensing -- using nimble satellites
10. Some BIRDS-1 articles that appeared in the press in Bangladesh this year
11. BRAC ONNESHA ground station operation
12. A Russian Web article about BIRDS-1
13. An Ukrainian web article about Kyutech’s BIRDS Project

Newsletter 20:
Issue No. 20 was released on 18 September, 2017. Download the pdf here..

Contents of issue no. 20
1. An outstanding video by JAXA about JAXA-Kyutech collaboration (BIRDS-1)
2. Events – UNOOSA … especially UNISPACE+50
3. Malaysians of BIRDS-2 offer celebration event for the entire BIRDS-2 team
4. BIRDS Project is one of three finalists for the GEDC-Airbus Diversity Award
5. Messages from BIRDS members who return to their homelands this month
6. Update of the camera mission of BIRDS-2
7. Reminder: The Ten Rules of the BIRDS Project (for students)
8. Reminder: The 2nd BIRDS International Workshop, in Ghana
9. The current situation of the BIRDS-2 antenna system
10. Three BIRDS students attend UN symposium in Austria
11. BIRDS students participate in LaSEINE Summer Camp at a retreat in Oita Prefecture