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World's first wooden satellite to be launched by Japan in 2023

Sumitomo Forestry studies potential for wood materials in extreme environments

A wooden satellite could house components used for data transmission or attitude control.

TOKYO -- Japanese logging company Sumitomo Forestry and Kyoto University are planting the seeds for a 2023 launch of the world's first satellite made out of wood.

The partners announced their intentions on Wednesday, saying the aim was basic research and proof of concept.

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