PolyITAN-1 - the first Ukrainian nanosatellite in orbit

    On the night of June 20, the first Ukrainian PolyITAN-1 nanosatellite created in the KPI was launched into low Earth orbit. Nanosatellites are a class of small artificial Earth satellites, the creation of which was made possible thanks to the development of micromythization and nanotechnology. Now they are increasingly being used for various studies, the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science explains. In NTUU KPI a nanosatellite of the Cubesat format was created, weighing about 1 kg and measuring 10x10x10 cm.

    It consists of 4 subsystem modules: power supply module, radio link module, control module and payload module. The satellite was created by a team of young scientists and engineers from the thermal power and radio engineering faculties, the Faculty of Electronics, as well as the Institute of Telecommunication Systems NTUU KPI under the leadership of Ph.D. Boris Rassamakin. All modules created during the creation of this unit can be used for a series of other satellites. In an interview for Filegiver, Vice-Rector of NTUU KPI Mikhail Ilchenko named a number of tasks that the launch of the PolyITAN-1 satellite should solve:
    • development of technological flight modes;
    • creation and research of solar sensors for small spacecraft;
    • verification of energy developed at the University of solar power sources;
    • adaptation to space conditions and improvement for future flights of digital channels for transmitting information from satellite to Earth and spacecraft control commands;
    • studies of the influence of outer space on the operation of electronic subsystems of a satellite;
    • study of the functioning of GPS systems of original design.

    To track the flight of the device and conduct the planned research, a center with the necessary test equipment was created at the university. Young scientists will use the results obtained during the flight, including for the design of new designs of small satellites, the development of which is provided for by agreements signed by NTUU KPI with other universities. Actually, this launch was also implemented as part of the international cooperation of the KPI with a university of third countries: after the presentation of an engineering model of a nanosatellite at the Kalman Institute (Belgium), Kiev polytechnics were invited to participate in the QB50 International Project .

    On June 19, 33 satellites, launched by scientists from 17 countries, launched into space, and among them is a platform with QuadPack launch containers developed by ISIS, which housed university nanosatellites. The PolyITAN-1 KPI nanosatellite was deployed along with satellites from Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Israel, Singapore and the USA. These spacecrafts launched the Dnepr booster rocket from the Yasny launch base at 23:11 local time. 16 minutes after the start
    , they all successfully separated from the third stage and entered the given orbits.

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