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European Space Agency (ESA) will launch world’s first wooden satellite

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has planned to launch the world’s first wooden satellite. It is going to be launched from New Zealand. It will be launched from a Rocket Lab Electron rocket by the end of 2021. The satellite is the brainchild of Jari Makinen.

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About the Satellite:

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

Important takeaways for all competitive exams:

  • European Space Agency Headquarters: Paris, France;
  • European Space Agency Founded: 30 May 1975, Europe;
  • European Space Agency CEO: Johann-Dietrich Worner.

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