The world’s first “wooden satellite” is gearing up for launch this year.
WISA Woodsat, a nanosatellite, measures 4 x 4 x 4 inches (10 x 10 x 10 cm) and weighs approximately 2.2 pounds. (1 kg), the panel uses a special type of coated plywood (called WISA). The wooden satellite will be launched as part of a mission designed by Arctic Aerospace, a Finnish company that makes cube satellite kits for students.
The purpose of this mission is to test the performance and durability of these plywood in extreme space conditions and to assess their suitability for future missions.
The satellite will be equipped with two cameras, one of which will be mounted on a metal selfie stick, allowing the mission team to observe changes in the satellite’s plywood surface in the space environment.
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