The Japanese Have Armed The ISS

26 Nov
November 26, 2013

The Japanese have attached a cannon to the ISS. Supposedly, it’s for launching small satellites called Cubesats.

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blockquote>J-SSOD stands for JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer. According to the Japanese space agency, “it is a mechanism for deploying small satellites designed in accordance with CubeSat design specification (10cm×10cm×10cm) that transfers the satellites from the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo’s airlock to space environment and releases them on orbit.<\blockquote>

Don’t be misled! This is the first-generation KEW launcher for the UN!*

*Yeah, I know that’s so much bullshit. I just wanted to see what sort of readers that spiel would bring. Actually, it’s pretty damn cool.

H/t Tam

1 reply
  1. Kaycee says:

    That’s a subtle way of thnniikg about it.

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