PW-Sat2 satellite already in orbit
After postponing the launch twice, it finally succeeded. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched 64 satellites into space, including the PW-Sat2 satellite built by students of Warsaw University of Technology.
Originally, the rocket launch was scheduled for November 19. However, the launch was halted for additional inspections. The next launch was scheduled to take place on November 28. This time, the weather got in the way, specifically the strong winds in the goThe special layers of the atmosphere. But it succeeded a third time.
Today’s launch was a historic flight for SpaceX. This is the first time the same reusable rocket has flown into space, ktora has previously carried payloads into space twice before. The first stage of the rocket safely landed on a platform in the Pacific and will probably fly into space again in the future.
On board, in addition to the PW-Sat2 satellite, were: 19 satellitesow imaging the Earth’s surface, 23 satellites demonstrating the latest technological solutions, a dozen satellitesoin universities, one prepared by studentsoin high school, and even the Elysium Space satellite with the cremated remains of more than a hundred waspsob (the cost of sending the remainsoin one person is about $2,500ow).
There was also the Polish-Finnish ICEYE-X2 Earth observation satellite and the ESEO/S-50 – realized within the framework of the European Space Agency’s educational program, for which theohe telecommunications system was prepared largely at the University of Technology.
Falcon 9 first stage has landed on the Just Read the Instructions droneship—completing this rocket booster’s third launch and landing this year. pic.twitter.com/DXqT7KH9sM
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) December 3, 2018
The PW-Sat2 satellite is to test the so-called. A deorbitation sail to improve the clearing of the orbit from the so-called “space”. space junk. The system proposed by Warsaw studentsow will enlarge the satellite’s surface, allowing PW-Sat2 to increase itsoj opor aerodynamic and will lower its orbit to eventually burn up in the atmosphere. Such a system allows to accelerate ok. A 20-fold release of the orbiter after the satellite’s mission was completed – say the authors of the solution.
To date, more than 8,000 satellites have been launched into orbit around the Earthow of which wspoAbout 1,900. Fromod other objectow orbiting wokoł Earth – space junk – there are parts of rockets, pieces of the shuttle’s shellow, rocket parts from the Apollo missions or 32 nuclear reactors thatore powered the satellites. All of which threaten active orbiters or the International Space Station.
On the occasion of the launch of its satellite into space on the fanpage’at PW-Sat2, a video appeared showing the construction and testing of the satellite.