PW-Sat – two years on orbit

13th of February 2014 is the second anniversary of launch of the first Polish student-made satellite PW-Sat. Currently Students’ Space Association on Warsaw University  of Technology is working on another satellite – PW-Sat2. Despite the lost communication with the satellite, the team has not forgotten about its predecessor and regularly monitors its status. Orbital parameters are analyzed to determine the satellites altitude, the time it takes to fully rotate around Earth as well as shape and size of the orbit. For this purpose, we use the data provided by NORAD (North American Aerospace called Defense Command) – the entity controlling the air space over North America and the space around the Earth.

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New teams in PW-Sat2 project!

After Phase “0” Workshop and finalizing Phase “0” documentation we were able to create first teams for our satellite project. Previously we were working all together for prepare the very beginning assumptions for the project. Now when the amount of tasks are growing and the topics became more specified it is necessary to impart in smaller groups.

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PW-Sat2 on the 2nd AII Conference on University Satellites Missions and CubeSat Workshop

Group of Astrodynamics for the Use of Space Systems (GAUSS srl)was organized 2nd IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and Cubesat Winter Workshop.

The conference took place in Rome (Italy), from the 3rd to the 9th of February 2013 , under the main sponsorship of IAA, GAUSS Srl, ESA, ASI, Italian Air Force, Sapienza University of Roma, Morehead State University (Kentucky), Von Karman Institute, FILAS, BCC Roma.

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The first anniversary of launch of the first Polish satellite – the PW-Sat and beginning of the next satellite project at the Warsaw University of Technology

PW-Sat na orbicie - model poglądowy (autor: Paweł Sańczyk)

 

Pierwszy polski satelita od roku na orbicie

13 lutego 2012 roku na orbicie okołoziemskiej znalazł się pierwszy polski satelita – PW-Sat. Urządzenie, którego pomysł stworzenia zrodził się w 2004r. wśród studentów Politechniki Warszawskiej, po ponad 7 latach zostało skonstruowane wspólnymi siłami studentów z PW i naukowców z Centrum Badań Kosmicznych PAN (CBK).

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SUCCES! PW-Sat heard as expected!

Pierwsza transmisja z PW-Sata / The first transmission form PW-Sat (Fot: Grzegorz Woźniak, CAMK)

Ground station at the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences successfully cquired the first signal from the PW-Sat at 13:15 CET (12:15 UTC). It was the first PW-Sat’s pass over Europe after the launch of Vega rocket. The satellite is in perfect shape and operate as expected! That’s right: PW-Sat mission is successful!

Vega integrated in the blink of an eye

While PW-Sat waits for the launch (planned for February 9, 2012, 11:00-13:00 hours Polish time), we suggest to have a quick look at the process of rocket assembly. The animation above summarize a weeks-long process at ESA’s space port in Guiana just in a tenth of second. Assembly was held on the launch pad from which Vega will begin its travel into orbit. The individual elements – stages – arrived separately, including the highest part of the Vega launcher – platform with satellites and fairing.