Satellite launches going for free at JAXA

If you happen to have a satellite lying around just waiting for a free launch, you might want to have a chat with JAXA.

Starting in 2008, the Japanese space agency plans to offer free launches for satellites weighing up to 50 kilograms, as secondary payloads on flights of its H-IIA rocket. The plan is to give away at least one such free launch every year, according to the agency.

JAXA is accepting applications from this Thursday through to August 31. They are expecting somewhere in the vicinity of ten applicants.

If you don’t think you can make the cut, can’t afford a regular launch (yet), and still want to fly something to space, you might want to consider a CanSat or a PongSat in the meantime.

More about JAXA’s offer here.

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