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Thu, 03 Mar, 2016 12:09:14 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Mar 3
Photo – Lehtikuva.
Finland will send its first satellite into space in May or June this year. 
The Aalto 1 (Wave 1) satellite was built and tested mostly by students in a period spanning nearly five years at Otaniemi in Espoo.
Now the satellite is ready to begin its journey to the US west coast, where it will be included in the Falcon 9 launch. 
Earlier, it was estimated that the Finnish satellite would be in space before the end of last year.
The satellite will take Finnish high technology into space. For example, a spectral camera from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland could be used to observe changes in the oceans, vegetation and forests.
The satellite will orbit Earth for about two years. Then, a plasma brake designed by the Finnish Meteorological Institute will slow down the satellite, which will fall back into the atmosphere at the end of its lifespan ensuring that Aalto 1 will not become space trash.
“The Aalto 1 project team has built more than a satellite. Perhaps the most important result is a new generation of space experts in Finland,” said the project leader, associate professor Jaan Praks.
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