After a year of delay, the Finland 100 satellite, built in honor of Finland’s 100th anniversary, is due to be launched into orbit in mid-November.
The Finland 100 satellite, built to celebrate Finland’s 100th anniversary, will be launched into orbit in mid-November, says Aalto University.
The satellite is built by the university and the Finnish Meteorological Institute and studies space weather and northern lights. It is also equipped with a camera for taking pictures of the orbit.
The satellite was originally scheduled to be launched last year when Finland celebrated its centenary. However, the problems with the Indian PSLV launch vehicle meant that it could not be launched during the anniversary year, Aalto University said in a press release.
The satellite has now been transferred to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and will share the journey into space with 100 other small satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
“It was a real pity for us and the Finland 100 celebration that the launch was delayed this year. But now we can remember the anniversary afterwards, ”said Esa Kallio from the university.