The first nanosatellite printed on a 3D printer will “speak” from the ISS in 11 languages

The Tomsk-TPU-120 satellite

May 11 will certainly go down in history of the Tomsk Polytechnic. On this day, the Technical University celebrated its 120th anniversary, launching the first nano-satellite in the history of Russia, printed on a 3D printer – Tomsk TPU-120.

Apart from the specialists of the university, their colleagues and fellow countrymen from the Institute of Strength Physics and Materials Science and Energia Corporation took part in the creation of the satellite. The CubeSat satellite was brought aboard the ISS at the end of March, and yesterday at noon, Moscow time, he “spoke” at a frequency available to all radio amateurs in the ISS visibility zone.

Tomsk-TPU-120 is a veritable polyglot that, after connecting to the outer antenna of the space station, will handle the anniversary message to the inhabitants of the Earth in 11 languages ​​for two days. And in August-September it is supposed to release him into free space “swimming”.

According to the calculations of the creators, the spacecraft will work for six months. During this time, he will regularly measure the temperature on board, as well as assess the status and parameters of various electronic components. The results obtained in the future will be used to create new spacecraft.

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