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Israel launches first nanosatellite in the orbit

Recent satellite launch

Israel launched it’s first nano satellite in the orbit this Saturday from a Nasa station in Virginia.

Satellite launch

Initially, Israeli researchers from Tel Aviv University announced on Saturday evening that they have successfully launched a state-of-the-art nanosatellite into orbit. The headline is stated according to The Jerusalem Post.

Afterwards, the launch of Israel’s first nano satellite in the orbit, marks the first time such a device has been assembled. Moreover, this is the first time such a miniature device has been designed, assembled and completed.

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New type of satellite – nano satellite

“We have now joined the ‘Civil Space Revolution,’ called New Space, in which, unlike the Old Space, not only giant companies with huge budgets and large teams of engineers can build and launch satellites,” . Said Prof Colin Price, head of the Porter Department of Environmental Studies at TAU.

“We were able to prove that with the right planning, miniaturization, and modulation of many technologies, small satellites can be built and launched into space within two years by students, at a fraction of the budget needed in the Old Space.”

Weighing in at just over 2.5 kg, the TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite was officially launched at 7:36 p.m. Israel time from a NASA facility located in Virginia. 

Space research

Tau-SAT 1 was designed to orbit the earth at around 400 km above sea level. TAU-SAT1 will carry on several experiments while monitoring cosmic radiation levels around the earth. 

“Our scientific task is to monitor this radiation, and to measure the flux of these particles and their products,”. Explained Dr Meir Ariel, director of TAU’s Center for Nanosatellites. 

“It should be understood that space is a hostile environment, not only for humans but also for electronic systems. When these particles hit astronauts or electronic equipment in space, they can cause significant damage. The scientific information collected by our satellite will enable the design of protective means for astronauts and space systems.”  

Source:

Tel Aviv University Launches Its First Nanosatellite Into Orbit – I24news

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