Specialists of Kyiv Polytchnic Institute (KPI) created nano-satellite PolyITAN-2 for educational, scientific and technological applications within the framework of the international project QB50. The unit was sent to the Netherlands for the implementation of the final set of works, its launch is planned for March 2017. This was reported on the website of Aerospace Society of Ukraine.
PolyITAN-2 is nanosatellite weighing 1.9 kg. The name is derived from a combination of the words "Polytechnic" and the abbreviation "automatic nano-satellite technology". This intelligent robot can independently recharge and transmit information about the lower atmosphere - the thermosphere and ionosphere over long distances. All information will be recorded in the archives of the central on-board processor and motherboard and transmitted to Earth and sent to the data banks of all universities participating in the project with the help of radio.
Mission launch is scheduled for March 9, 2017 on the US carrier rocket Atlas-5, which should be delivered to the ISS cargo ship Cygnus. At the same time low-Earth orbit will launch mass grouping of 47 small satellites, the operation of which will last three months.
A new project is funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework program for the development of research and technology. Ukrainian students’ nano-satellite PolyITAN-2 received $ 35 thousand from KALININ Invention Fund. Brussels von Karman Institute (IFC) bear the costs associated with launching and transportation. Dresden Institute of technology developed the payload for PolyITAN-2 - FIPEX (Flux-Φ-Probe Experiment) - a structural element for the study of the concentration of particles such as atomic and molecular oxygen, nitrogen and xenon, as components of lower thermosphere.
It is noted that this is not the first nano-satellite, created in the KPI. The first half smaller nano-satellite was launched by the carrier rocket Dnepr on June 19, 2014.