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Tracking the World's First Wooden Satellite


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You can soon log the world’s first wooden satellite, WISA Woodsat. WISA Woodsat is a research satellite with a mission to do material research in space. More specifically, explore the use of birch plywood in spacecraft structures. 

Plywood is a natural composite material and for decades it has been used as a structural material in many demanding industrial applications such as aircraft structures and propellers, windmill blades, as well as truck, trailer, and bus floors. WISA-Birch plywood is also used in LNG tanker ship insulation elements where the material needs to handle -163C (-261F) freezing temperatures. Plywood is strong and easy to work with and therefore the most common use of plywood is in buildings where the panels are used for creating load-bearing floors, walls, and roofs.

Heat, cold, and moisture are normal elements on the Earth’s surface but in space, the material faces different challenges. WISA Woodsat has two specific research focus areas – “super drying” and outgassing caused by the vacuum in space and harsh unfiltered UV radiation.The satellite carries a suite of sensors to measure changes in the wood material. But the primary way of observation is a camera, which is mounted on a unique selfie stick. The camera enables monitoring of the visual changes in the wood material. But, for the Geocaching community, the selfie camera has an alternative purpose. WISA Woodsat travels around the Globe once every 1.5 hours, making it an ultimate Travel Bug (TB9GB8G). You can log WISA Woodsat by finding the tracking code from the pictures, which the satellite has taken with its selfie camera.

The satellite uses LoRa radio, which is possible for radio amateurs to communicate with the satellite directly. You can download your own images from the satellite. But, if you do not have your radio equipment at the ready, you can visit wisawoodsat.space and explore the image gallery. 

WISA Woodsat is scheduled to launch from New Zealand with Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket before the end of 2021. Lots of unexpected events can happen in space so this schedule is subject to change. Add TB9GB8G to your Watch list to be notified with the very latest information.

 

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1 hour ago, Max and 99 said:

You can soon log the world’s first wooden satellite, WISA Woodsat...

 

Yeah... On the bottom of it's item description is    IMPORTANT NOTE: DO NOT write a log when you add the trackable to your Watch list. If you do so, the log will be sent as a mass mail to everyone else who signed up to the Watch list.  

So far, over a hundred didn't get that I guess... with 366 watching. A couple forums folks too.   :)

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I have scoured the internet for photos, videos, and articles on this satellite as soon as I heard about the geocaching code.  For the life of me, however, I cannot find the dang code in any of the photos!  Clearly, people have found it because I have it on my watchlist, and the logs that are sent to my email are growing exponentially.  What gives?  Anyone else have this problem?  Or am I just unobservant?

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12 minutes ago, HuFlungPu1230 said:

I have scoured the internet for photos, videos, and articles on this satellite as soon as I heard about the geocaching code.  For the life of me, however, I cannot find the dang code in any of the photos!  Clearly, people have found it because I have it on my watchlist, and the logs that are sent to my email are growing exponentially.  What gives?  Anyone else have this problem?  Or am I just unobservant?

I assumed we had to wait till after it launched to get the code. 

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1 hour ago, HuFlungPu1230 said:

Clearly, people have found it because I have it on my watchlist, and the logs that are sent to my email are growing exponentially.

All the logs I saw are posting notes which do not require the code. I don't think anyone but HQ has that code yet.

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6 hours ago, HuFlungPu1230 said:

 Clearly, people have found it because I have it on my watchlist, and the logs that are sent to my email are growing exponentially.  What gives?  Anyone else have this problem?  Or am I just unobservant?

 

The post right above yours explains it I think...   :)

People are posting Write Notes when the message in bold  on the trackable's page clearly says not to.

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lol, yes I posted a note right near the beginning before word was out en masse. I think it's a very neat project, and I don't recall any disclaimer saying not to post a note.  In any case, they don't seem to be locked the TB as they have in past cases until it's allowed to be discovered, so anyone adding it to their watch list should be aware of what that will mean for email notifications. If HQ doesn't lock it, the only person to blame for being overloaded by Note-posters is the person who puts it on their watch list :)

 

(we all know that a strongly worded sentence in a description won't stop people from doing what they are technically allowed to do; the TB owner should have it locked until it can be discovered if that's the case)

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