First Polish commercial satellite to be launched in April

Next April, the Światowid satellite will finish its testing phase. It will be flown to the International Space Station (ISS) from where it will be launched into orbit, the president of SatRevolution, Grzegorz Zwoliński, told PAP.

Światowid is Poland's first commercial satellite. "It has been created entirely in Poland, based on Polish technological ideas, from the onboard computer to the whole construction," Zwoliński explained.

With dimensions of 20 x 10 x 10 cm, thanks to its applied technology, Światowid will be able to take pictures in visible light, which enables observation, inter alia of rising water, the state of the air and weather changes.

The satellite went into testing at the end of September in a temperature-vacuum chamber. "It was exposed to low and extremely high temperature , from -65 Celsius to around 120 Celsius," development director at SatRevolution Tomasz Poźniak explained. Work is being conducted that will enable assessment of the workings of individual satellite modules - whether or not they have incurred physical damage.

"We'll have to run the same tests again and then we'll move onto vibration tests, and later to tests of the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)," Grzegorz Zwoliński commented. The vibration tests are run to check whether the satellite will survive being lifted into space on board a rocket. In other words, it simulates Światowid's route into low earth orbit.

"The tests are a requirement not only of the company which will carry the satellite but also NASA because our Światowid will fly from the International Space Station," the SatRevolution president explained.

If all goes according to plan, the equipment will have been thoroughly tested by next April, in mechanical and electromagnetic terms, among others. And that will mean that in April Światowid will fly to the ISS and from there into orbit.