F-1 and other CubeSats at TKSC.jpg
A collection of CubeSats at Tsukuba Space Center prior to their launch in 2012, with WE WISH visible on the far left
Mission typeTechnology demonstration
Amateur radio
Earth observation
OperatorMeisei Amateur Radio Club
COSPAR ID2012-038F (1998-067CS)
SATCAT no.38856
Mission duration158 days (achieved)
100 days (planned)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft typeCubeSat
ManufacturerMeisei Electric
Meisei Amateur Radio Club
Launch mass1 kg (2.2 lb)
Dimensions10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm (1U)
Start of mission
Launch date21 July 2012, 02:06:18 UTC [1]
RocketH-IIB F3
Launch siteTanegashima, Yoshinobu LC-Y2
ContractorMitsubishi Heavy Industries
Deployed fromISS Kibō
Delivered by Kounotori 3
Deployment date4 October 2012,
15:44:15.297 UTC [2]
End of mission
Decay date11 March 2013
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric orbit [3]
RegimeLow Earth orbit
Perigee altitude399 km (248 mi)
Apogee altitude424 km (263 mi)
Period92.79 minutes

WE WISH (World Environmental Watching and Investigation from Space Height) was a small commercial CubeSat which was deployed from the International Space Station (ISS) in October 2012 and which deorbited in March 2013.[4] It was built by the Japanese technology company Meisei Electric[5] and the Meisei Amateur Radio Club, and could transmit pictures taken by a small infrared camera via radio at 437.515 MHz.[6] WE WISH travelled to orbit aboard Kounotori 3 (HTV-3) on 21 July 2012, along with other CubeSats including RAIKO, FITSAT-1, F-1, and TechEdSat-1.[5]

It was deployed, along with the other CubeSats, from Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Kibō via the Japanese Experiment Module-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) system on 4 October 2012.[7][8][9]


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