Russian first 3D printed satellite to go into space
MOSCOW, July 24. /TASS/. The Russian crew of the International Space Station (ISS) on August 17 will launch into the open space the first 3D printed Russian satellite.
Press service of the Tomsk Polytechnic University said:
“On Monday, the satellite’s systems will be checked, and its batteries will be charged from the Station on-board equipment,” the press service said. “The launch is scheduled for August 17.”
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“The first Russian-made 3D-printed satellite called the Tomsk-TPU-120, is making its journey to the International Space Station.
It was developed by the Tomsk Polytechnic University in collaboration with the Energiya Aerospace Corporation and the Institute for Studies of the Physics of Strength and Material Engineering of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Siberia.
According to President of Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Vladimir Solntsev, the satellite designed by Tomsk Polytechnic University students will be placed in the orbit after reaching the ISS.
The satellite is designed to orbit at 400 km. The operation is estimated to last about half a year.
The satellite will serve to test new technology in the field of space materials. It is equipped with sensors, that will record the temperature of the parts that make up the satellite, including the plates, batteries and board, while electronics data will also be monitored. The data will be transmitted to Earth where scientists hope to examine the condition of the satellite and how it holds up in the space environment. The findings will then be analized.”
The Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite is the first Russian space probe built with the aid of 3D technologies and specially selected materials. The nanosatellite’s length is 30 cm, the width and height are 11 cm. The satellite will remain in the open space for the term of four to six months. It will report to the Earth the temperatures on board, on plates and batteries, and parameters of electronic components. Thus, scientists would be able watch states of materials to understand whether they could be used further in construction of space apparatuses.
The launch will be performed by Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazansky. The satellite will be launched “by hand” from the Station’s outer surface.