Researchers from Kyoto University have worked relentlessly to launch the prototype for a wooden satellite. The concept aims to provide a viable alternative for reducing space waste. The wooden satellite is envisioned to "burn up completely at the end of its life." This project was made possible through the conjoint efforts of the research and Japanese logging company Sumitomo Forestry.
Dubbed LignoSat, the sustainable satellite is set to launch in 2023. In terms of the body, the shape of the structure is made out of timber. Such a venture is incredibly important as there are millions of pieces of debris floating around in space—from discarded rocket stages to defunct satellites. Given the importance of sustainability on Earth for fighting climate change, this logic should absolutely extend to space travel, as well.
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Kyoto University Researchers Aim to Reduce Space Waste
1. Eco-friendly Satellites - Developing alternative materials for satellites to reduce space waste and create a sustainable future for space travel.
2. Sustainable Space Technology - Designing space technology that focuses on sustainable efforts and reduces negative impact on the environment.
3. Green Space Race - Competing to create sustainable space technology and reduce the ecological impact of space waste on Earth and beyond.
1. Aerospace Industry - Develop innovative, cost-effective and environmentally friendly strategies for building and launching satellites.
2. Timber Industry - Research and engineer new sustainable materials for aerospace industry, leading to more eco-conscious satellite design.
3. Environmental Industry - Help reduce space waste and promote sustainability initiatives through partnerships and innovative technologies.