Arctic Astronautics, a Finnish company that manufactures cubesat kits for students will launch a nanosatellite that measures 4 by 4 by 4 inches and weighs about 2.2 lbs that uses a type of plywood for its surface panel. The aim of this mission is to test the behavior and durability of these wooden panels in the extreme conditions of space.
In order to monitor the satellite's plywood surface changes, the satellite will feature two cameras with one of them attached to a metal selfie stick. It will also carry a set of pressure sensors that will monitor pressure in onboard cavities especially in the spacecraft’s first days in orbit. The satellite is also powered by nine small solar cells and will be equipped with an amateur radio payload which allows space hobbyists to relay radio signals and images around the globe.
In order to prevent the wood from releasing any gas in the space environment, developers used aluminum oxide that protects the surface against the exposure to corrosive atomic oxygen - which is found at the ends of the Earth's atmosphere.
With this mission, scientists expect to test a lot of possibilities of using new and innovative materials for spacecraft. It is expected to launch in November of this year on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket.
Space exploration will surely take us to unimaginable places this 2021 and beyond. Are you ready for it?
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