The Aalto-1 nanosatellite was built in a student project in broad cooperation with other Finnish universities and institutes. Since its start in 2010, more than 80 students have worked on the project, and dozens of theses have already been written about topics related to the satellite.
Aalto-1 will take important Finnish space expertise into space for testing. A new type of spectrometer device developed by VTT will be used for remote environmental sensing, while a radiation meter built by students from the University of Helsinki and University of Turku will take radiation measurements. Aalto-1 will also test an electrostatic plasma brake for deorbiting satellites that was designed by the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
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