PWr Aerospace students have been active since 2016, the circle's supervisor is Paweł Kabacik, Ph.
Their list of achievements includes stratospheric and rocket missions, and at international competitions they presented the probes they constructed. They actively participate in university events, Polish space conferences and support science camps. They organise workshops and lectures, both for students and for children and young people.
Now PWr Aerospace are trying to do a more serious project: they decided to build their own satellite.
Space is waiting for the brave
The main goal of the WroSat project is to train students so that after graduation they will have experience in working on space projects. There will be more and more tasks for them, because the development of the space industry in Poland is dynamic.
Part of the project is the implementation of three scientific experiments related to perovskite photovoltaic cells, protection against cosmic radiation and development of a robotic arm driven by actuators using shape memory alloys.
Work on the project began in June 2020. The initial tasks were to establish a plan to build the satellite using resources from the European Cooperation for Space Standardisation. Then the project team was formed, and in November the Wroclaw citizens officially announced their project at the World Space Week Wroclaw 2020 conference.
The next stage involved defining the objectives of the planned experiments and the scope of the satellite's components.
Currently, students are working on prototypes of basic components - the power module, radio module, satellite frame and control systems.
It will take several months to test the basic functions of the construction. At the end of June 2022, it is planned to build a prototype, which in the space industry is referred to as FlatSat.
To orbit in a year
The next phase of work will be to eliminate potential errors and problems that are detected, so that in March 2023 the construction of the target satellite will be completed. It is expected to go into orbit at the end of 2023.
Currently, the PWr Aerospace scientific circle is raising funds for the project, whose budget is about 1 million PLN, students are actively looking for sponsors and partners for the project.