European Space Agency to Launch Wood Satellite

19 June 2021 Current Affairs:The European Space Agency (ESA) has deliberate to launch the world’s first wood satellite. It is going to be launched from New Zealand. It will be launched from a Rocket Lab Electron rocket by the last of 2021. The satellite is the brainchild of Jari Makinen.

About the Satellite:
♦ The satellite, WISA Woodsat, is a nanosatellite. It is 10cm on every side, length, height, and width.
♦ The sensors of the satellite have been developed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and designers have placed the timber in a thermal vacuum chamber to keep it dry.
A very thin aluminium oxide layer has been used to decrease the vapour coming from the wood and to defend it from the erosive outcomes of atomic oxygen. The non-wooden external parts are made up of aluminium rails.

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