Now squarein partnership with the Spanish company FOSSA systems participating in the Latin conquest of space, announces the signing of a contract which will become the first EdTech in history to launch a satellite into space.
This satellite launch is the start of a multi-step program that Platzi, the largest technology-focused professional training platform in Spanish, Its launch is scheduled for March 2023.
“By launching the satellite, we are making the challenge a little more interesting and helping to open our students’ imaginations and look up beyond the atmosphere. With this, we demonstrate that space exploration is becoming more accessible every day,” he says. Sebastien DelmontDean of Computing and Technology at Platzi who spoke exclusively for Infobae.
Also, it provides prepare your students for space exploration and communication with satellites in space. With this, EdTech will explore the frontiers of space and connect with its community, showing how it has democratized with the latest advancements technological.
“The democratization of access to space and IoT communications is our raison d’être. That’s why we at FOSSA are excited to be part of projects like Platzi’s, bringing our technology and services closer to teachers and students. Entities with innovative ideas and the desire to change the way of doing things, like Platzi, are the ones that manage to revolutionize the future and with them we will be able to bring NewSpace closer to the new generations”, he affirms. Julian Fernandez, CEO and co-founder of FOSSA Systems.
What will the satellite launch look like?
The satellite will be launched into a LEO (Low Earth Orbit) of approximately 500 km altitude, classified as a “polar” orbit, independent of the rotation of the earth.
The satellite orbits the planet 15 times a day. This will allows you to go to the same place approximately every 10 hours, ideal for observation or for providing IoT (Internet of Things) connectivity, albeit sometimes to the entire planet.
“In recent years, advances in the miniaturization of technologies, on the one hand, and the reduction in launch costs, on the other, have meant that the possibility of putting a satellite into orbit is no longer the prerogative of governments or large corporations. This will open the door to more entrepreneurial endeavors and we want to make sure our community is prepared for these opportunities,” he said. Ingrid Zuniga, Head of communication and public relations at Platzi.
The lifetime of the satellite in space
Satellites have a definite lifespan, and at the end of it, there are two possible solutions to prevent them from impeding operational orbit or becoming more space junk.
Space of course is infinite, but not the orbit, and the operational orbit where the functional satellites are located has been increasingly loaded with space traffic, partly due to space debris, which is why certain solutions have been devised that have been implemented for two decades for the satellites that are going to withdraw. , as if they were grandparents.
“We hope you have 24 months of life (the satellite). The satellite is small, having the main body 5x5x10 cm. It has no position and propulsion control mechanism. That is, where the satellite is released, it will remain there. explained for Infobae Sebastien Delmont.
What are the threats from orbiting satellites
Space waste or debris consists of technological waste from satellites orbiting the planet, up to 6,000 tons, 20,000 fragments, of useless material accumulated since the launch of the first artificial satellite in 1957 (the famous Soviet Sputnik).
They endanger operational satellites, since can be damaged even by fragments of a few centimeters traveling at high speed, and of course to people, if they fall to Earth and are large enough not to be destroyed when entering the atmosphere.
In this sense, Delmont assures: “There are three threats: space debris, asteroids and space weather. Space weather is the phenomenon caused in the interplanetary environment by the activity of the Sun. Solar flares emit high-energy radiation, such as X-rays, or lower-energy particles, such as protons.
“When the arrival of this solar wind is very intense, it can vary our magnetic field and affect our electrical networks, which are, after all, the technology used by, for example, a current smartphone,” adds Delmont.
Types of space junk and how the startup will deal with the satellite
According to the ESA, space debris is classified as follows due to its size:
– Less than 1cm: it is estimated that there are over 128 million of these fragments and most of them are undetectable.
– Between 1 and 10 cm: it is estimated that there are around 900,000 in orbit and their size can range from that of a marble to that of a tennis ball.
– More than 10cm: These items include everything from tools lost on missions to decommissioned satellites.
Therefore, Sebastian Delmont knows that this question is currently a very big problem in space, so he concludes: “in particular, when this satellite disintegrates in orbit, it enters the atmosphere and completely disintegrates. It’s so small you can’t see it. It will most likely become a shooting star, but it’s so small that I don’t think you can see it except with a good telescope.”