Polish space industry to test innovative satellite

The satellite will be launched into near-Earth orbit in November 2018. Photo: Shutterstock/Dima Zel

Two Polish space technology companies will join forces to create the first satellite to use magnetic fluid in its orbital orientation.

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SatRevolution, from Wrocław in south-west Poland, and Space Garden from Rzeszów in south-east Poland, have agreed to scientific cooperation in the KRAKSat project.

KRAKSat is a project aimed at building one of Poland's first miniaturized CubeSat satellites intended for scientific purposes. The satellite will be a world first through the use of ferrofluid, or magnetic fluid, to control its orientation.

The satellite will be launched into near-Earth orbit in November 2018, where the functionality of its ferrofluid flywheel in orbit conditions will be researched. According to the scientists, such a solution may reduce costs and at the same time increase the reliability of stabilisation systems used in space.

In 2017, Space Garden opened the first European base which simulates conditions on the moon and on Mars. The “Habitat Lunares” project helps scientists study how people behave in extraplanetary conditions. The “Habitat Lunares” has since been implemented in cooperation with the European Space Agency and the US Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

SatRevolution is currently involved in three nanosatellite projects and has valuable experience accumulated through building complete satellite systems from scratch. In May, the company launched Poland's first observation satellite into the stratosphere.