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Astronauts are preparing for an experiment and essential tools are missing aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Help them recover their tools by programming robots to navigate the station and locate the tools using image processing!

Malaysian Space Agency (MYSA) is looking for a team to represent Malaysia in the mission to help astronauts to recover their missing tools in the International Space Station (ISS) through the 5th Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC) 2024.

What is the Kibo Robot Programming Challenge?

The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge (Kibo-RPC) is an educational program organized under the  “Asian Beneficial Collaboration through Kibo Utlization” (Kibo-ABC) initiative of the  Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and space agency partners in the Asia-Pacific regions. Students are challenged to solve complex problems onboard the International Space Station (ISS) by programming free-flying robots (Astrobee) to complete various assigned tasks.

Participants will obtain and test programming skills to solve various problems by moving free-flying robots (Astrobee and Int-Ball) in a simulation environment. Preliminary rounds (National competition) will be held and the selected teams will run their programs on the free-flying robots in the final round at the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) aboard the International Space Station (ISS). 

Through this experience, students will learn the techniques and methods involved in programming and robotics, while boosting their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) by moving actual robots on the ISS. Students will also learn about the importance of bridging the gap between simulation and reality. It is hoped that, by getting the opportunity to collaborate alongside professional scientists and engineers, students will be inspired to develop educational and professional goals that they only dreamed of before!  

2024 Game Story

An astronaut is about to start the Asian Try Zero-G, a simple space experiment event for students, and prepare tools for the event. Yet, some experiment items are missing from the International Space Station (ISS)! Student proposers are waiting to start the live onboard experiments and anticipate watching the experiments. Time is short. 

Your team’s mission is to program Astrobee to search for the missing items before the event starts. Good luck!

Entry Qualifications

  1. A team must comprise of three (3) to five (5) members and must appoint a team leader;
  2. Students in the team must be Malaysian citizen from 15 years old and above;
  3. All team members MUST currently be an enrolled student at a school, college or university to be eligible for participation in this competition;
  4. Each member is only allowed to register with one team (no individual registration); and
  5. All team members must have a valid email address.

Application Process

  1. Please read the Kibo-RPC Guidebook carefully.
  2. Please fill out the application form for Kibo-RPC.  
    The application deadline is 27 May 2024.
  3. If your application is accepted, you will receive an email containing your log-in ID and password from Kibo-RPC POC to enable you to access JAXA’s web-based simulator and the participants’ page on the Kibo-RPC site.

Kibo-RPC 2024 Schedule

26 March

Registration Opens

26 March
27 May

Registration Closes

27 May

Introduction Workshop

April – June

Self Learning and APK Program Development

April – June
Late June – Early July

National Competition (APK Submission)

Late June – Early July

International Competition (Malaysia Representative)

Note that this schedule is subject to change depending on the experiment schedule in the ISS.

Competition Requirement


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