Book publisher wants to launch CubeSat

Image used by Mikazuki Publishing House on their YouTube video

Image used by Mikazuki Publishing House on their YouTube video

A publisher of printed paper books, Mikazuki Publishing House, has issued a press release saying they will be launching a 3U CubeSat in August 2014 that would have both voice and data uplinks and downlinks. They intend to use the CubeSat for a single book marketing campaign.

The company’s press release reads:

(Mikazuki Publishing News) Dec 18th, 2013 – Mikazuki Publishing House, an international book publisher, has announced that it will be launching a nano-satellite in August 2014 using the CubeSat 3U format.

NASA’s CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI) provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches. These CubeSats are flown as auxiliary payloads on previously planned missions. Nano-satellites weighing less than one pound, have become the standard as a miniature communications platform. The cost is approximately $30,000, covering launch, operation, and maintenance. The satellite will enter low earth orbit and is set to be used for a single book marketing campaign, after which the satellite will drift back to Earth after 3 months.

Kambiz Mostofizadeh the CEO of Mikazuki Publishing House said “Why would a book publisher want its own communications satellite?

It will be able to transmit data and voice up and down, so it is a perfect marketing tool for creating a temporary radio station or a temporary television station. The satellite will also come with a graphic user interface designed to allow our publishing staff without satellite operating experience to make the most of its capabilities.”

The Mikazuki X12 Satellite is set to launch in August 2014. For more information visit http://www.MikazukiPublishingHouse.com/

No additional information about the CubeSat has been seen on that website yet.

Mikazuki Publishing House on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bookspublishers

Mikazuki Publishing House YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHZWdNzIc-k

A list of selections for NASA’s CubeSat Launch initiative (CSLI) can be seen at
http://www.nasa.gov/directorates/heo/home/CSLI_selections.html

It covers satellites planned to be launched during 2014 and 2015 but at the time of writing Mikazuki X12 had not been spotted.

At the beginning of December Amazon announced it was testing drones for deliveries. That announcement gave Amazon free publicity on TV stations around the world.