TAU experts designed and built the satellite, which was successfully deployed and put into operation on ISS and is now connecting with ground stations. The COTS-Capsule, according to the researchers, will allow the usage of modern commercial electronic equipment in space by incorporating them into a protected environment.
Currently, electronic equipment going to space must be specifically modified to avoid radiation, but COTS-Capsule protection will allow commercial off-the-shelf components to be used, according to the researchers.
The satellite was launched onboard a Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the United States, on Dec. 21. It was subsequently transferred to the ISS via the Cargo Dragon C209 spacecraft. ■ “It will thus enable the use of advanced electronic components, while significantly saving the time for development and costs of space products,” they said.
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