Kibo-RPC Mission Patch
Kibo Robot Programming Challenge
What's New
May 29, 2024
Call for application is now closed. Thank you for your application.
May 10, 2024
Website has been updated with the following:
  • Guidebook is revised.
How to Join the Kibo-RPC
Entry Qualification
  • 1
    Students up to graduate school in a Kibo-RPC participating countries/region under the framework of Kibo-ABC may apply for the competition.
Kibo-RPC participating country/region(as of Mar. 19, 2024)
  • AustraliaASA/OGL
  • BangladeshNMST/STEMX365
  • JapanJAXA
  • MalaysiaMYSA
  • NepalNESARC
  • Republic of the PhilippinesPhilSA
  • SingaporeSF
  • TaiwanTASA
  • ThailandNSTDA
  • United Arab EmiratesMBRSC
  • United States of AmericaNASA
  • 2
    The team shall be compromised of a minimum of 3 team members.
  • 3
    Students from countries/regions not listed above may be eligible to participate through the UNOOSA international slot. Please check the guidebook for details.
Application Process
  • 1
    Please carefully read the Kibo-RPC Guidebook.
  • 2
    Please fill out the application form in your language for the Kibo-RPC and submit it to the point of contact (POC) in your country/region as listed below.
  • 3
    The Kibo-RPC POC will inform you of your team ID via email.
The application deadline is
May 27, 2024 (14:59)
in each country's standard time.
Kibo-RPC point of contact (POC)
Jackie Carpenter
Mizanul H. Chowdhury
Kibo-RPC Secretariat
MYSA Kibo-RPC Secretariat
Dhruba Adhikary
Republic of the Philippines
Mr. Marco Melgar
Gillian Chin
Anna Sabate
Judy Liu
Frank Lo
TS Cheng
United Arab Emirates
Noora Al Mheiri
United States of America
Kibo-RPC US Activity Manager
Phạm Hồng Quân
Phạm Văn Bạch Ngọc
UNOOSA Access to Space for All Team
Mami Sasamura
Guidance Movie
You can watch the video about the tournament.
This video is a recording of the Guidance Session (online) held on Apr 25, 2024.
Feb 2024
Call for Participation
Application and Self-learning
Apr 2024
Release of Simulation Environment
Program development
Jul 2024
Preliminary Round
Program Improvement
Oct 2024
Final Round in ISS / Kibo
Note that this schedule is subject to change depending on the experiment schedule in the ISS.
Game Story

On a certain day in 2024, the astronaut on the ISS were busy preparing for the Asian Try Zero-G event.

However, when the astronaut checked the whereabouts of the tools and manuals necessary
for the experiment, the astronaut found that some were missing.

With the large amount of material on the ISS, searching for things can be very time-consuming.

There is no more time before the scheduled start time.

It is almost time to start the experiment. Can you find the missing tools and manuals?

Work with the Astrobee to find the items you're looking for!

※ This is a fictional story.
Game Rules
  • 1
    Start from the docking station.
  • 2
    After the starting, Astrobee will patrol the several candidate sites for the location of objects prepared in the Kibo module while avoiding Keep Out Zone.
  • 3
    After it finishes its patrol, it moves to the astronaut and reports what objects (images) it found and where.
  • 4
    It asks the astronaut to tell it what he/she is looking for by reading the image in his/her hands.
  • 5
    Astrobee will move close to the object astronaut is looking for and it will take a picture of it.
  • 6
    After the photo is taken, the Signal Lights will light up to inform the astronaut of the location of the object and the game will end.
Game Flow
This is an overview of the rules. (Actual image is different)
Tutorial Video
Tutorial Video: 01 How to Login to My Page
Tutorial Video: 02 How to Set up Android Studio
Tutorial Video: 03 How to Build APK and Simulator
Tutorial Video: 04 Explanation of SampleAPK
Tutorial Video: 05 How to Improve Your SampleAPK
Tutorial Video: 06 Conditional Branch and Exception Handling
Tutorial Video: 07 Image Recognition Programing
Because this is a video of the 3rd Kibo-RPC, some of the descriptions in the video do not match those of the 5th Kibo-RPC.
Purpose of Kibo-RPC

The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge is an educational program in which students solve various problems by programming free-flying robots (Astrobee and Int-Ball) in the International Space Station (ISS).
The Kibo-RPC will inspire students to develop their educational and professional goals to a higher level.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge methodologies and hone their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through this program.

The Kibo-RPC will also expand international exchange by encouraging students to interact with other participants from around the world.

History of Kibo-RPC
1st Kibo-RPC
1st Kibo-RPC
A total of 1,168 students comprising 313 teams from seven countries/region
has participated in the Kibo-RPC.
2nd Kibo-RPC
2nd Kibo-RPC
A total of 905 students comprising 286 teams from eleven countries/region
has participated in the Kibo-RPC.
3rd Kibo-RPC
3rd Kibo-RPC
A total of 1,431 students comprising 351 teams from twelve countries/region
has participated in the Kibo-RPC.
4th Kibo-RPC
4th Kibo-RPC
A total of 1,685 students comprising 421 teams from twelve countries/region
has participated in the Kibo-RPC.
Robot Introduction


Astrobee, NASA's new free-flying robotic system, will help astronauts reduce the time spent on routine duties, allowing them to focus more on things that only humans can do.



Int-Ball is a free-flying camera robot aiming to ultimately reduce crew time to zero for routine video-shooting tasks by crew in ISS/Kibo.