A nanosatellite built by the faculty and students of Tel Aviv University was released into Earth’s orbit on Saturday.
The satellite named TAU-SAT1 is the first of its kind to be independently developed, assembled and tested by the University of Israel. It was loaded on NASA’s supply rockets and sent to the International Space Station, where astronauts from the International Space Station launched it into orbit around the Earth.
The development of TAU-SAT1 was completed about four months ago and was further tested by the Japan Space Agency JAXA before being sent to the International Space Station. It will conduct some experiments in orbit, including measuring cosmic radiation around the earth.
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Ofer Amrani, head of the Tel Aviv University Microsatellite Laboratory, said: “This is a nanosatellite or microsatellite of the CubeSat variety.” “The satellite measures 1
At an altitude of 400 kilometers (250 miles) above sea level, TAU-SAT1 will orbit the earth at a speed of 27,600 kilometers per hour (or 7.6 kilometers per second), orbiting the earth every 90 minutes.
“This is an important day for TAU,” said Colin Price, head of Porter’s Environmental Research Department. “We have now joined the “civilian space revolution” called “new space”, in which, unlike the old space, not only giant companies with huge budgets and huge teams of engineers can also manufacture and launch satellites.
“A few years ago, we established the Nanosatellite Center with the goal of building small’CubeSats’ for research purposes. We were able to prove that through correct planning, miniaturization and modulation of many technologies, students can build small satellites in two years And launch it into space, and the required budget is only a small part of the old space.”
Meir Ariel, Director of TAU’s Nanosatellite Center, said of the TAU-SAT1 mission: “We know that there are high-energy particles moving in space, and they originate from the sun’s cosmic radiation. Our scientific mission is to monitor this radiation, and Measure the flux of these particles and their products. It should be understood that space is an unfavorable environment not only for humans but also for electronic systems. When these particles hit astronauts or electronic equipment in space, they may cause major damage. We The scientific information collected by the satellites will help design protection devices for astronauts and space systems.”
With the infrastructure of TAU-SAT1, the university’s researchers are already planning to develop their second nanosatellite, tentatively named TAU-SAT2.