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Offline Bob D.

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Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:17 PM »
World's first wooden satellite aims to prove plywood can survive space.

https://www.cnet.com/news/worlds-fir...survive-space/

Since this topic area is about building materials this seemed like the right place for this since one of the objectives is to determine what happens to wood in space and if it can be used for construction in space.

https://www.wisaplywood.com/wisawoodsat/

"The mission of the satellite is to test the applicability of wooden materials, especially WISA-Birch plywood in spacecraft structures and expose it to extreme space conditions, such as heat, cold, vacuum and radiation, for an extended period of time."
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Offline dashboardpws

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2021, 02:41 PM »
The concept is simply out of this world.

Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2021, 04:34 PM »
I'd like to see how it does on re-entry.
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Offline Frank-Jan

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2021, 04:50 PM »
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"The satellite measures roughly 10 x 10 x 10 cm, which is equivalent of 1U CubeSat."

Slightly underwhelming.

Offline c_dwyer

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2021, 05:10 PM »
Perhaps this topic should be merged with the other one on lumber prices, as the cost of building the wooden satellite must have gone up astronomically.

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2021, 05:42 PM »
It has nothing to do with current lumber prices. Which by the way are now dropping so get ready to buy.

CubeSats have been around for more than 20 years. They are launched by universities, Amateur Radio clubs, NASA, and other groups. Not every satellite is the size of Hubble, most are much smaller. Cal Poly developed the CubeSat standard, but at the time the name CubeSat had not been thought of. CubeSats fall in the class of satellites known as Picosats based on size and mass.

Believe it or not early CubeSats design was influenced by the 10cm plastic cube shaped packages that Beanie Babies were sold in.
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Online squall_line

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2021, 05:55 PM »
It has nothing to do with current lumber prices. Which by the way are now dropping so get ready to buy.

I think it was a joke, since the sentence ended with "astronomically"...

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Woodsat Will Be Launched Later This Year
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2021, 05:58 PM »
I know, I took it in jest but they did jump astronomically.
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