First data from Polish satellite received

Falcon 9 rocket with the Polish satellite aboard taking off. Photo: YouTube/SpaceX

After a successful launch on Monday, the Poland-build satellite established contact with the base and begins to send data.

Another Polish satellite in space

A Falcon 9 rocket, built by the company SpaceX took off from Vandenberg base in the US, as the part of an SSO-A mission. Onboard was the PW-Sat2...

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The PW-Sat2 was constructed by the students of Warsaw University of Technology. On Monday, it was launched into space aboard the Falcon 9 rocket, built by the company SpaceX.

Students now report that on Tuesday morning contact with the satellite was established and the first data are send in. Deputy coordinator of the PW-Sat2 project said that “in the coming days we will strive to receive information about the first minutes and hours since the satellite entered the orbit.” According to the students, the process took place without complication and there is nothing that would suggest of any abnormalities.

PW-Sat2 is the fourth Polish satellite in space, and the second built by the students of Warsaw University of Technology. It is designed to help with utilizing space trash, objects that remain in orbit after their mission is over and are a threat to operational satellites. As a consequence of increasing space activity, the number of these objects is already high and increasing.

The Polish students created a system that may decrease the number of objects endangering astronauts, for example, on the International Space Station (ISS). It was labelled “Deorbitation System – Sail” and consists of four square meters of mylar ten times thinner than hair.

The satellite is planned to the sail after 40 days of orbiting.

After the mission ends, it will descend from the orbit and burn in the Earth atmosphere. The satellite's progress can be followed online here.