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Wooden satellite development to ease space junk

Wooden satellite development to ease space junk
A Japanese company is developing wooden satellites to cut down on space debris.

Now, Kyoto University and Japanese company Sumitomo Forestry are collaborating to construct the first-ever wooden satellites, reported BBC News.(Sumitomo Forestry) Sumitomo Forestry plans to develop wooden materials that can stand up to intense sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.A Japanese company and Kyoto University are developing what they hope will be the world’s first satellites made out of wood by 2023.Most Read “We are very concerned with the fact that all the satellites which reenter the Earth’s atmosphere burn and create tiny alumina particles which will float in the upper atmosphere for many years, former Japanese astronaut and current Kyoto University professor Takao Doi told the BBC.

But wooden satellites have the advantage of burning up without releasing toxic substances into the atmosphere or showering bits and pieces onto Earth.With the continuous launching of satellites, the issue of space debris has become a more disconcerting problem.

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