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Japan launches world’s first wooden satellite on SpaceX rocket

May 30, 2024 | by The Jeuns

Japan Prepares to Launch World’s First Wooden Satellite

Japan has made headlines with its groundbreaking creation of the world’s first wooden satellite, named LignoSat. This innovative satellite, measuring just 10 centimeters on each side, is set to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center aboard a SpaceX rocket in September.

The Kyoto University engineers behind this project have meticulously planned and developed the wooden satellite, which represents a significant step towards space sustainability. After years of research into wood materials and collaboration with Sumitomo Forestry, the team identified magnolia wood as the most durable material for constructing the satellite.

Once in orbit, LignoSat will face rigorous testing to assess its strength and durability under extreme conditions, including intense solar radiation and varying temperatures. If successful, this experimental satellite could pave the way for the use of wood as a construction material in future satellite missions.

One key advantage of using a wooden satellite is its eco-friendly nature. Unlike traditional metal satellites, wooden satellites will burn up completely upon re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, leaving behind only biodegradable ash. This will address concerns about metal particles accumulating in the atmosphere and impacting the environment.

With an increasing number of satellite launches expected in the coming years, the development of wooden satellites presents a sustainable and environmentally friendly option. LignoSat represents just the beginning of a new era in satellite construction, with further research needed to explore the full potential of wooden satellites.

As Japan gears up for the September launch of LignoSat, the world eagerly anticipates the outcome of this groundbreaking mission and the impact it could have on the future of space exploration.

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