In keeping with His Majesty’s vision of promoting interest in space, science and astronomy, Bhutan is participating in the NameExoWorlds Project being carried out by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in celebration of 100 years of IAU. This global project offers an opportunity for each country, including Bhutan, to name an exoplanet and its host star. An exoplanet is a planet outside the solar system. Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered orbiting other stars over the past three decades.

BIRDS Newsletter Issue No.45

Contents of issue No.45
1. International Space University (ISU) in France is alive and well
2. Kyutech graduates of Fall 2019
3. Report from Paraguay
4. Short report by AEP (space agency of Paraguay) which attended the recent UN workshop
at Graz
5. JAXA’s “Kibo” module celebrates its 10th anniversary
6. Olayinka's World – Column #14
7. CEO of Astroberry gives seminar at Kyutech
8. Fall 2019 SEIC Orientation
9. NanoRacks in UAE
10. “Highlighting Japan”, a magazine of the Gov’t of Japan

Birds Newsletter Issue No.44

Contents of issue No. 44
1. Applications are now being accepted for UNOOSA/Kyutech PNST
2. BIRDS-3 flight review
3. Two T shirts have been designed for BIRDS-4
4. Kyutech visited TUM, “Technical Univ. Mandalay” in Myanmar
5. 2019 Laboratory Summer Camp at Sasebo
6. The 7th UNISEC-GLOBAL meeting
7. Pre-TICAD report: Ghana minister (MESTI) visits Kyutech
8. Workshop on space radiation interaction, Greece
9. Myanmar holds its first space conference in at Tech. Univ. Mandalay (TUM)
10. A new 2-minute video from JAXA Washington DC

Registration for National Website Competition 2019-2020

The Department of Information Technology & Telecom, Ministry of Information and Communications is conducting 7th National Website competition (2019-2020), we would like to inform that the registration for the National Website Competition is open. Interested private/corporate/institutes/individuals and other non government agencies can register for the competition in the link given below latest by 11th October, 2019. For further information contact Ms. Kamala at

Birds Newsletter Issue No.43

Contents of issue No. 43
1. Continuation: Prof. Cho wins major IAF award: Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal
2. Poster session during “Rocket Propulsion” course of Summer 2019
3. News from Paraguay: CABURE+I 4S
4. “Africa Space Forum” during TICAD 7
5. New Kyutech brochure for 2019-2020
6. BIRDS-1 member Turo defends his Phd thesis in public hearing on 31 July 2019
7. Summer of 2019: Kyutech Open Campus, 2nd and 3rd August
8. Kyutech undertook a visit to Makerere University in Uganda
9. Kokura fireworks of 2 Aug 2019

Birds Newsletter Issue No.42

Contents of issue No. 42
1. Prof. Mengu Cho wins the prestigious Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal for 2019
2. The Logistics of the International Space Station -- this is a video worth watching
3. Dr Taiwo Tejumola (BIRDS-1 Project Manager) was invited to serve as a competition judge
4. Olayinka's World – Column #12
5. Space: The next trillion dollar industry
6. G. Maeda visited Mauritius to deliver presentation & to discuss avenues of collaboration
7. Congratulations to Dr. Pauline Faure: The Lockheed Endowed Professorship 2019 award


End of BHUTAN-1

BHUTAN-1, the country’s first satellite, has reentered Earth’s atmosphere bringing its orbital life to an end.
BHUTAN-1 was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on 29 June 2018. On 10 August the same year, BHUTAN-1 was released into orbit from the ISS. The satellite was released into an initial orbit altitude of around 400 km (kilometer). As BHUTAN-1 orbited Earth thereafter, its altitude gradually decreased until it reached an altitude of around 250 km where the rate of altitude decrease was much faster .