CERN launches first satellite into orbit

Physicists want to test the function of a ground-based radiation detector in space.

On July 13, the European Space Agency will launch the small CELESTA satellite aboard its Vega-C rocket from a South American spaceport. The satellite will launch a radiation detector that has already worked on the Large Hadron Collider to test its performance in low orbit around the Earth, reports Space.

Physicists at CERN have created their first small satellite, called CELESTA, which expands the work with the Large Hadron Collider into space. The satellite will go to the center of the Earth’s inner radiation belt. This is a region of the Earth’s magnetosphere where high energy charged particles from outer space that have come there are kept. Most protons and electrons.


On July 13, the European Space Agency will launch the small CELESTA satellite aboard its Vega-C rocket from a South American spaceport.

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Using a radiation sensor, which is on board the satellite and which has already been tested at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the unit will study the effect of cosmic radiation on electronics. With this launch, CERN wants to expand its work in radiation and basic physics to outer space.

Large Hadron Collider

Using a radiation sensor, which is on board the satellite and which has already been tested at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the unit will study the effect of cosmic radiation on electronics. With this launch, CERN wants to expand its work in radiation and basic physics to outer space.

Photo: CERN

According to European researchers, the radiation sensors will help the CELESTA satellite test the possibility of using this technology during space missions, in particular in radiation-sensitive satellites.

The Vega-C rocket is a light four-stage launch vehicle that can simultaneously carry up to 12 small satellites on board. This will be the first launch of the updated Vega family rocket, which in addition to the CELESTA satellite will carry the Italian LARES-2 satellite and 5 other smaller scientific satellites. In the case of the LARES-2 satellite, its task is to try to confirm aspects of Einstein’s general theory of relativity during space travel.

As already written Focus Recently, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider made another important discovery. Physicists have been able to discover a new way of combining quarks – the most important elementary particles for the structure of the universe.

In addition, physicists at the Large Hadron Collider set another record. As already written Focus, the particle accelerator can now compress protons with unsurpassed energy levels. Researchers have managed to achieve more than 1.5 billion collisions per second.

We remind you that some researchers believe that plans to build a more powerful particle accelerator are a waste of a huge amount of money. Where do scientists suggest that these funds be sent to make new discoveries in physics, Focus already written.

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