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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