Name PW-Sat2 (PWSat-2, PW-SAT2)
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 2U
Status Reentry 2021-02-23. Was operational (Latest proof on social media on 2019-09-22)
Launched 2018-12-03
NORAD ID 43814
Deployer QuadPack (XL) [ISISpace]
Launcher Falcon 9 (Spaceflight SSO-A, SHERPA)
Organisation Warsaw University of Technology
Institution University
Entity Academic / Education
Nation Poland
Launch brokerer ISILaunch
Oneliner Demonstrate solar sail for deorbiting and sun sensor.
Results Sail deployed, but degraded just after deployment - major damages within a week and slow degradation within the next few weeks. The reason isn't confirmed yet, but leading hypothesis is that temperature gradient between sail foil and arms leads to tension and breaking the foil.
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Keywords De-orbit device
Space photos PW-Sat2PW-Sat2PW-Sat2PW-Sat2PW-Sat2PW-Sat2PW-Sat2

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