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Aalto-1 satellite finally in space

The second Finnish satellite has been launched into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India, after being delayed for more than a year.

The Aalto-1 nanosatellite was meant to be taken into space by the American company Space X last spring, but this did not happen because there were continuous delays with the carrier rocket.

On 23 June, the satellite was finally launched on-board the Indian PSLV-rocket. The satellite carries three research devices, which will test several Finnish space technologies: a small-scale space spectral imager built by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a radiation monitor made by the universities of Helsinki and Turku, and a plasma brake, an experiment at tethering items in space, developed by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

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