Israeli quantum communications nanosatellite launched into orbit

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 Israeli quantum communications nanosatellite launched into orbit

A new TAU-SAT3 nanosatellite developed by Tel Aviv University was launched into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The launch took place at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

The 20 cm spacecraft is the first Israeli nanosatellite designed to advance research in optical and quantum communications from space.

It will orbit the Earth at an altitude of 550 kilometers for about five years to conduct several scientific missions. TAU-SAT3 will send optical and radio signals to a ground station installed on the roof of the Tel Aviv University building.

The nanosatellite is equipped with an optical device only a few centimeters long and has Epsilor batteries on board to provide energy during the entire time spent in orbit.

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