LignoSat Satellite

Spacecraft LignoSat
Form factor CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Status not launched, expected in 2024
Launcher Falcon 9, (CRS-31)
Organization Kyoto University
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Headquarters Japan

Outside structure is mainly composed of wood.


In the development of wooden artificial satellites, we can produce wooden structures by using a familiar material "wood" and the usual manufacturing techniques. This will provide more people with the opportunity to develop amateur satellites at a lower cost.

This satellite performs the following missions:

  1. Amateur Radio Mission LignoSat will extract call signs of the amateur radio stations from the FM packet data signals uplinked, and respond to them by using the CW downlink and their call signs to send “thank you” messages. This shows the success of the interactive satellite communication using only UHF frequencies.
  2. Educational mission Another LignoSat mission is to educate students to learn about the characteristics of the satellite by acquiring its HK data such as the internal temperature, the strain of the wooden structure, and the Earth’s magnetic field and calculating the rotational direction and rate of the satellite as well as observing the effect of the space environment on the wooden structure of LignoSat. 
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Keywords Wooden

Last modified: 2024-05-31

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