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The KPI satellite broke the records of being in orbit

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul9,2024

The KPI satellite broke the records of stay in orbit

PolyITAN — the only Ukrainian cube-sat nanosatellite still in space

It was launched into orbit in 2014 by the Dnipro launch vehicle. At that time, 33 satellites from 17 countries were sent into space. However, all "competitors" nanosatellite has already failed.

Although the PolyITAN-1 space mission was planned for only one year, it broke all records — already the tenth year in orbit around the Earth, says the official website of the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

This gave an impetus to develop the space direction at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. KPIshniks began working on new satellites that conquer space and perform extremely important missions even today!

It is known from open sources that PolyITAN-1 was created at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute together with Ukrainian radio amateurs. On June 19, 2014, the Dnipro launch vehicle launched. was successfully launched, and the PolyITAN-1 satellite was launched into orbit in the first group of satellites separated from the launch vehicle.

The weight of the satellite — almost a kilogram, dimensions 10x10x10 centimeters. Active development of the spacecraft began in 2009.

The satellite was created by a group of young scientists and engineers from the thermal power and radio engineering faculties, the electronics faculty, and the Institute of Telecommunication Systems of NTUU "KPI" under the leadership of candidate of technical sciences Boris Rassamakin. The launch was carried out as part of the international cooperation of KPI with universities of other countries: after the presentation of the engineering model of the nanosatellite at the Kalman Institute (Belgium), Kyiv Polytechnics were invited to participate in the International QB50 project.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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