TFN speaks to Agnieszka Elwertowska, an analogue Mars mission commander, engineer and IT student, who hopes to become only the second Polish astronaut after Mirosław Hermaszewski.
The information from the satellites could help scientists understand how elements are spread across the galaxy.
Venture capitalist Tim Draper is known for his astute early investments in firms such as Hotmail, Skype, Tesla, Twitter, and Twitch. Now he’s turned his attention to Poland after investing in the country’s ICEYE mini-satellite technology.
The object called 2020 CD3 and measuring just a few metres in diameter, entered Earth's orbit about three years ago. The ‘mini-moon’ circles the Earth every 47 days but is slipping from Earth’s gravitational pull and in few months will leave us.
The technology can aid emergency services fighting forest fires when normal satellite images are obscured by smoke.
The breakthrough could reduce production costs for anything using precious metals.
The satellite will help map the planet’s surface and take images of one of its moons.
Polish company SENER Polska will design and produce the equipment for installing the new satellites. It was awarded the contract by European multinational technology corporation OHB, the main contractor of the Electra programme.
The last of eight Polish devices to be used for testing new-generation European meteorological satellites under the European Space Agency's (ESA) MetOp-SG programme were delivered to ESA in mid-August.
The fifth Polish satellite in near-Earth orbit, the KRAKsat will be the world’s first to use a ferrofluid flywheel. The main task of the satellite is to investigate how this will behave in space and whether it can be used in the space industry as a flywheel.