Ukrainian nanosatellite PolyITAN-2-SAU operates fault-free, and it is expected that by the end of September it will start taking on its tasks of scientific information gathering as a part of QB50 international project. This was reported to Innovation House by Borys Rassamakin, who is the team leader of scientists at National Technical University of Ukraine “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” that has created this spacecraft.
Interim results of the QB50 project mission
At the same time, official website of QB50 project last week informed about the interim results of the mission. Six of 36 nanosatellites launched under the project either initially failed to be contactable, or connection with them was lost. Of the remaining 30 – one has already fulfilled its mission, while others – either in the process of adjustment, or perform scientific tasks.
It is a reminder that Ukrainian satellite PolyITAN-2-SAU of CubeSat format along with other similar apparatus were launched in April of this year from the Cape Canaveral space-launch complex (USA) as a part of QB50 international project. It is equipped with sensor of counter gas flow FIPEX (Flux-Φ-ProbeExperiment) aimed at measuring the characteristics of molecular and atomic oxygen. It is expected that data obtained by it and by other satellites will enable to build more precise behavioral models of the atmosphere at altitudes from 90 to 300 kilometers. This will help to better understand how the space weather can affect, for instance, on GPS signals, as well as how solar activity can do harm to operation of electrical power networks or space satellites.