Satellite by Kraków students gears up for space odyssey

KRAKsat − a satellite built by students in Kraków, southern Poland − will be launched on Wednesday from the NASA-owned Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and aims to be the fifth Polish satellite to orbit around the Earth.

KRAKsat is the first satellite in the world that will use magnetic fluid to control orientation, states the satellite’s website.

“KRAKsat will spend about a year in outer space, then burn in the atmosphere,” a spokesperson from the project’s team was quoted as saying by the Polish news agency, PAP. In Kraków, students using computer systems will keep track of the device’s work.

The launch will take place at 2246 (CET) on Wednesday.

Students from the AGH University of Science and Technology and the Jagiellonian University worked on the project.

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