UNOOSA and Japan open scholarship opportunity to study nanosatellite development

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of Japan, in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), are seeking students from developing countries to study nano-satellite development.

Another round of the Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST) postgraduate study program, part of the Access to Space for All initiative, is now open for applications. The partners offer three slots in the master’s program and three in the doctoral program, covering tuition fees as well as a stipend to cover living expenses. Students are invited to submit their application by January 9, 2023 and follow in the footsteps of more than 50 graduates over the years.

The PNST program contributes to expanding access to space education and research in the development of satellites, in particular by building the capacity of students from developing countries who otherwise may not have access to these facilities. . Through the use of Kyutech’s unique facilities, students learn about the entire satellite development cycle and participate in hands-on activities.

Students often decide to use the skills learned to launch national space activities, as nanosatellites represent an affordable entry point for non-space nations. Since satellite applications and services contribute significantly to sustainable development, the impact of the PNST program is far greater than just individual beneficiaries.

UNOOSA Acting Director Niklas Hedman said, “We are honored to have worked with the Government of Japan for over a decade to bring new experiences to young students in developing countries by opening up access to unique infrastructure provided by Kyutech. Alumni of the program are now making a difference in their national and regional space activities supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. We look forward to training other future young leaders in space.

Mengu Cho, Professor at the Laboratory for Lean Satellite Enterprises and In-Orbit Experiments (LaSEINE) at Kyutech, said, “We are delighted to open the new round of PNST with our long-time partner UNOOSA. PNST seeks postgraduate students from a wider range of developing and non-space countries. The nano-satellite development program we provide is an ideal first step in establishing the basic capability for space technology. Under the PNST, students will acquire this capability through on-the-job training, going through the full cycle of designing, building, and testing a satellite under the supervision of Kyutech faculty. We thank UNOOSA for their continued support and look forward to receiving many applications.

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Space for All Initiative Team
United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)
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