February 9, 2023 marks exactly six months since the launch of the ReshUCube-1 satellite into space on August 09, 2022 on a Soyuz – 2.1b rocket together with satellites of other universities and innovative companies.
Recall that the satellite was launched to solve a number of urgent tasks, including involving schoolchildren in space and innovation activities within the framework of the Space Pi program of the Innovation Promotion Foundation; teaching students satellite technologies and the use of satellite data on a live example; conducting experiments with domestic space processors; studying the physics of near-Earth space and the Earth's surface.
- Now the ReshUCube-1 satellite is located at an altitude of 490 km in a sun-synchronous orbit that passes through both poles. It orbits the Earth in 95 minutes, and we can contact it about 10 times a day. Sometimes it's hard to realize that our university satellite is at such an altitude and is moving at a speed of 7.9 km/s! I could get to space in my car in just 6 hours (without traffic jams, of course), but here's the bad luck – you have to go straight up, and cars don't know how to do that (yet). It seems close, but it seems far away. And if I had flown to Moscow on our satellite, and not by plane, I would have flown in 8.5 minutes, not 4 hours. That's how fast satellites fly, you won't even have time to work in flight! – says Dmitry Zuev, Head of the ReshUCube-1 space mission, Deputy head of the Small Spacecraft laboratory, senior lecturer at the TF Department.
The main results of the six-month work in space and on earth:
- the satellite flew 120 million km in orbit and almost 3,000 orbits around the Earth;
- specialists and students of the NPL "Small Spacecraft" and the student mission control center "Orion" conducted 850 sessions of communication with the satellite through the equipment of Reshetnev University and 150 sessions through the equipment of partners from the Small Academy of Sciences, Yakutsk
- due to the modernization of the equipment of the Orion control center, the speed of radio exchange with the satellite was increased by 4 times, which made it possible to achieve a more stable connection and increase the speed of downloading images by almost 10 times;
- more than 500 schoolchildren of the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) touched space as part of excursions, data processing events, satellite communication sessions, and participation in educational programs;
- More than 100 schoolchildren of Krasnoyarsk and the Krasnoyarsk Territory are engaged in the ReshU three-year educational program dedicated to small spacecraft;
- students of the university (Department of Technical Physics, Department of Information Technology Security, Department of Aircraft Engines) participate in the work with the satellite – in conducting communication sessions, flight control, development of experiments, development and implementation of educational events for schoolchildren.
- It's cool to realize that I can control a piece of smart hardware flying somewhere in space. Although for me, he is rather not just a piece of iron, but a living being that needs to be monitored and met," Oksana Agafonova, a graduate of the Department of Information Technology Security yesterday, and today an engineer at the MCA NPL laboratory, who performs the duties of a flight manager, shares her impressions.
The project participants thank the Regional Center for Identification and Support of Gifted Children "Small Academy of Sciences", Yakutsk and its rector Vasily Klimovich Pavlov, as well as radio operator Andrey Petrov for partnership in the field of reception and transmission of satellite information, which allowed to increase the number of available communication sessions by 1.5 times; partners of BSTU "VoenMeh", who are helped with organization of reception and control of the RS29S CYCLOPS satellite, as well as conducting communication sessions at the student mission control center of Reshetnev University; special thanks to Ivan Mikhailovich Bortnik and the staff of the Innovation Promotion Foundation for the opportunity to touch space.
We wish you all cosmic success!