Two Ukrainian satellites were on board Falcon 9 — PolyITAN-HP-30 and EOS SAT-1
On January 3, SpaceX successfully launched Falcon 9 as part of the Transporter 6 mission. 114 satellites were delivered into orbit, including two Ukrainian ones.
- The first one is the 178-kilogram EOS SAT-1 from the private Ukrainian company EOS Data Analytics.
It is the first of seven spacecraft that will form a constellation of satellites aimed at solving problems in agriculture and forestry. The first satellite will survey 1 million square kilometers every day. All seven will be able to cover 12 million square kilometers, which is more than the area of Europe, including the islands. EOSDA will launch all remaining satellites into orbit by 2025.
- The second is the 2-kilogram PolyITAN-HP-30 nanosatellite, created at the Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
The creation of the satellite was financed with state funds. Sending it into orbit was made possible with grant funds from private donors. These included the Aerospace University in the city of Shenyang, China and the company Boeing-Ukraine Ltd. The satellite’s purpose is to study the effectiveness of the functioning of the heat pipes in space vehicles.