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Wooden satellites to cut space junk

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A Japanese company and Kyoto University have joined forces to develop what they hope will be the world's first satellites made out of wood by 2023.

Sumitomo Forestry said it has started research on tree growth and the use of wood materials in space.

The partnership will begin experimenting with different types of wood in extreme environments on Earth.

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The first ever satellite made of wood is set to launch into orbit later this year as part of a project to test the use of sustainable materials in space.

The WISA Woodsat mission will gather data on the durability of plywood within the harsh conditions of space in order to assess whether future space stations or even spacecraft could be built out of wood.

UK Independent report

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:lol::lol:   I can't help it, this is hilarious.   I guess if you only need a satelite to last 10 year or so it might be ok, but how does this get rid of space junk?  AND what about the declining forest?

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"We are very concerned with the fact that all the satellites which re-enter the Earth's atmosphere burn and create tiny alumina particles which will float in the upper atmosphere for many years," Takao Doi, a professor at Kyoto University and Japanese astronaut, told the BBC

"Eventually it will affect the environment of the Earth."

Ash particles in the upper atmosphere less dangerous than alumina particles? Mmhhh ...

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