New launch date for the Pw-Sat2 satellite built at Warsaw University of Technology

On Wednesday, November 28, SpaceX has scheduled the launch of a Falcon 9 rocket, from aboard which a satellite built by Warsaw University of Technology students will be placed in orbit. The most important element of the PW-Sat2 mission will be the testing of the deorbit sail.

This coming Wednesday PW-Sat2 satellite will be placed in orbit around the Earth. If, of course, no further opoSources. The strategic partners of the PW-Sat2 project are the Silesian companies Future Processing and FP Instruments, involved in the software and purchase of the on-board computer.

Designed by studentow deorbitation sail has a chance to usher in a new era in space exploration. The solution will help reduce the problem of space junk in the future. To date, more than 8,000 satellites have been launched into orbit around the Earthow of which wspoThere are approximately 1,900. W¶rod the remaining defense facilityoin orbiting wokoł Earth – space junk – are parts of rockets, pieces of the shuttle’s shellow, the rocket parts from the Apollo missions or 32 nuclear reactors, ktore powered the satellites. They all threaten active orbiters or the International Space Station.

– The purpose of the deorbit sail is to increase the satellite’s surface area, and thus aerodynamic drag, so that PW-Sat2 will lower its orbit to eventually burn up in the atmosphere. Such a system allows to accelerate ok. The 20-fold release of orbital space at the end of the satellite’s mission. Its use in future satellites will help solve the problem of the formation of space debris – mowi Inna Uvarova, coordinator of the project implemented by the member of theoin the Student Astronautical Circle of the Warsaw University of Technology.

The PW-Sat2 project was launched in 2013. Students on the satellite’s components worked at the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Center for Advanced MaterialsoIn the field of science and technology CEZAMAT and the Center for Innovation Management and Technology Transfer of the Warsaw University of Technology. The on-board computer with software, i.e "mozg" PW-Sat2, delivered spoFuture Processing and FP Instruments, strategic partners in the project.

– Rozwoj software, ktore controls the operation of the satellite, it is an interesting challenge. We are dealing with a number of constraints, whichore not present in typical systems, and any error carries a high risk that the mission will not be completed – commented on the involvement in the project of Jaroslaw Czaja, CEO of Future Processing.

A tool for analyzing and presenting data received from a satellite has been developed together with SoftwareMill, ktore will be available to internautow and radioamateurow. TeamoPW-Sat2 launchoł worked roalso with OMAX Poland, EC Test Systems, Astronika. The project was supported by PGNiG S.A., Institute of Aviation and the Industrial Development Agency, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the Polish Armament Group, as well as ABM Space, Piasecka&Zylewicz, Weil, Komes, Spacive, Rapid Crafting or Ltt.

Sector of the global economy related to the development of space industry and services in 2016. reached 345 billionoin the USD. The Polish solution has a chance to podboj this market. Estimates indicate that nearly 1,500 satellites are to be launched in the coming yearsoin such as PW-Sat2, which illustrates the commercial potential of using the deorbit sail.

– The PW-Sat2 project is important for the Polish space sector with dwowhichow. First, it fits into the global trend of finding an effective solution to the problem of the growth of space debris. Secondly, it is a measure of the potential and ambition of Polish studentsow whoowho are feeding the cadres of the domestic space industry. The growing domestic space industry needs capable, motivated, well-prepared engineersow – commented Dr. hab. Grzegorz Brona, president of the Polish Space Agency.

The Polish space industry currently has about 50 entitiesoin, mostly from the SME sector, whichowhose activities are focused on the area of satellite and space technologies. For the next more than 100 subjectsow projects in this area are only a fragment of the ongoing activity. The dynamic developmentoj industry began with Poland joining the European Space Agency in November 2012. In November – oproThe launch of the PW-Sat2 into orbit – take place roAlso other events related to the Polish space sector, for which theorych coolnym slogan is „Poland in Space – space november”.

On board the same Falcon 9 rocket will be satellites: the Polish-Finnish ICEYE-X2 for Earth observation and the ESEO/S-50 – realized as part of the European Space Agency’s education program, for which theorego telecommunications system was prepared largely at the Wrocław University of Technology. November 26, 2018. NASA’s InSight probe will land on Mars, aboard whichoThe project includes a Martian ground penetrating device with a mechanism developed and manufactured in Poland by Astronika, with support from domestic companies and the institute ofoin scientific and research.

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