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First Ever Wooden Satellite Will Launch This Year

The world’s first-ever wooden satellite is preparing to launch into space later this year. The WISA Woodsat was designed by Arctic Astronautics and will gather data on the behavior and durability of plywood in space. The nanosatellite is made from plywood, similar to what you would find at a regular hardware store. "Ordinary plywood is too humid for space uses, so we place our wood in a thermal vacuum chamber to dry it out. Then we also perform atomic layer deposition, adding a very thin aluminum oxide layer," Samuli Nymanm, Woodsat Chief Engineer. The satellite has onboard sensors, including two cameras which will allow researchers to monitor the structure. The satellite will orbit the Earth at an altitude of approximately 300 miles and complete a full orbit every 90 minutes.

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