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    WoodSat - plywood flying at 30,000 KPH

    Apparently ESA plans to fly a plywood satellite as an engineering demonstration.

    Where No Plywood Has Gone Before: A Space Agency Will Launch A Tiny, Wooden SatelliteEarth-orbiting satellites usually end their lives in a fiery reentry but a tiny CubeSat scheduled for launch by the European Space Agency later this year might put off a warmer glow than most in its final moments.

    That's because WISA-Woodsat is made mostly out of plywood.

    It's not such a crazy idea: Since it became widely available about a century ago, plywood has been prized for its strength, rigidity and durability three things that are good in a spacecraft.

    Woodsat is designed to test how well WISA plywood a special high-quality variety produced by UPM Plywood in Finland, one of the project's sponsors can withstand the rigors of space.

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    You don't have to worry about woodpeckers or termites in orbit.
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    In space no one can hear you squeak against the joists.

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    There have been plywood aircraft (De Havilland Mosquito) and racecars (Costin GT), so why not.
    With sufficient thrust, water towers fly just fine.

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    And China used wood for spacecraft heatshiels before, so it isn’t a new material for spacecraft, either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Rijn View Post
    And China used wood for spacecraft heatshiels before, so it isn’t a new material for spacecraft, either.
    For some reason I have always thought of your user name as being based on the character created by the Science Fiction author Poul Anderson. However I was obviously mistaken as otherwise you would surely have mentioned his book "The Makeshift Rocket" in which a spaceship is made from "beer kegs and pretzel boxes".

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