The Joint Global Multi-Nation BIRDS Satellite Project also known as ” BIRDS Project ” is a cross-border interdisciplinary CubeSat project hosted at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.
The key objectives are to learn the whole process of satellite development from mission planning to satellite disposal, lay down the foundation of sustainable space program by accumulating human resource and launching a university space research and education program, and create an international human network to assist the infant space programs among each other. The project spans over a period of 2 years during which the participants are enrolled as post-graduate students at the university.
The first BIRDS Project, BIRDS – 1 started in 2015. The participating countries are Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh shown by 15 students. As of 4th June, 2017 the students have successfully designed, developed, tested and launched 5 1U CubeSats. All the 5 CubeSats bear identical designs and mission payload. The CubeSats will be released from the International Space Station on 7th July. Upon release they will form a Constellation. Read more here.
The second BIRDS Project, BIRDS – 2 kick – started in 2016. The participating countries are Bhutan, Malaysia, Japan and Philippines.