Reaktor Hello World satellite launches into space
Finland’s first commercially built nanosatellite, Reaktor Hello World, was successfully launched into space from India on 29 November.
The satellite will now test its Hello World platform and equipment, including an infrared hyperspectral camera developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, which enables it to determine the chemical compositions of asteroids and observe the earth in great detail.
“We are happy to be able to launch the satellite,” said Tuomas Tikka, CEO of Reaktor Space Lab. “There have been several bumps on the road due to involved third parties, for which reason [we waited fervently for] this day for more than a year. This is the first test of the commercial nanosatellite platform we built with Reaktor. We will learn more about its functionality in the coming weeks.”
The Hello World platform will also be used as the basis for the Finnish-made W-Cube nanosatellite being developed for the European Space Agency (ESA). Finland is fast emerging as a leading country in space engineering and the Finnish government is currently preparing a new space strategy.