Tel Aviv University (TAU) revealed earlier this week that TauSat-3, which is an Israeli satellite featuring technology that detects and alleviates damage from the cosmic rays to the space systems, was recently deployed and put into service at the International Space Station (ISS). The COTS-Capsule, which is a system that protects electronic systems from harmful radiation effects in space, is a technological showcase of the satellite, which is the size of a shoebox.
In late December, the satellite was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a Falcon 9 rocket as a portion of the SpaceX CRS-24 mission. It was later delivered to the International Space Station using the Cargo Dargon C209 spacecraft. TauSat-3 was placed and successfully connected to the ISS datalink network, allowing it to communicate with ground stations.
TAU specialists meticulously planned and manufactured the satellite, which will be tested to see how well the innovative radiation detecting technology performs. The COTS-Capsule, according to the researchers, will allow modern commercial electronic equipment to be used in space by combining them into a safe environment. This process, according to the researchers, “has revolutionary prospects in the domain of satellites and space systems as well as considerable economic impact,” according to a university release.
Doctoral candidate Yoav Simhony of the School of Electrical Engineering leads the team, which also includes Prof. Erez Etzion, who is the head of the school of the School of Physics and Astronomy, and Prof. Ofer Amrani of the Iby and Aladar Fleischman Faculty of Engineering, who works as the head of the Small Satellite Laboratory.
According to the Ramon Foundation, one of Israel’s top NGOs in the space and aviation fields, the COTS-Capsule mission “is the next stage in a technological development program for a revolutionary unobtrusive apparatus to allow the utilization of commercial off the shelf (COTS) electronics in space.” It will make space system design and manufacture more efficient, low-cost, and high-performance.
“The Axiom-1 mission gives a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to evaluate this technology onboard the International Space Station while also conducting a complementing pedagogical outreach campaign on a national mission to send Israel’s second astronaut to space,” according to the organization.
This is a piece of the Rakia mission
The COTS-Capsule will be one of a series of one-of-a-kind experiments that will be carried out as part of the “Rakia” (Sky) mission, which will be led by the Israel Space Agency and the Ramon Foundation.
Ex Israeli Air Force fighter pilot Eytan Stibbe is set to become the country’s second astronaut and the first to visit the International Space Station. On February 28, he will be deployed for a mission on the International Space Station, where he will perform dozens of investigations for leading Israeli academics from a variety of universities and commercial firms.
Colonel Ilan Ramon, the country’s first astronaut, was flown to space 19 years ago and died with six other astronauts when their spaceship broke up upon the re-entry to Earth after a 16-day research flight in 2003. Stibbe is slated to spend 200 hours aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and will conduct experiments using locally made technology.