POLAND IN ESA
TABLE OF CONTENTS
History of space activities
In space and on Earth
Scientific and research institutions
Population: 38.5 million
Area: 312 000 km2
Economy: 19th place in the world*
Capital city: Warsaw
Government system: parliamentary
Currency: złoty (PLN)
* World Bank, 2012, GDP based on PPP
CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE
GDP (PPP) per capita of Poland compared
to other countries of Central and Eastern Europe
Source: The Global Competitiveness Report,
World Economic Forum
2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Economic growth in Poland and EU27
Source: own compilation based on data from Eurostat
20TH AND 21ST CENTURIES
Polish interest in space reaches back to the turn
of the 15th and 16th centuries. The most prominent
scientific figure of that time was Polish astronomer
Mikołaj Kopernik (1473-1543), whose work “On the
Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres” depicted
the heliocentric model of our planetary system in
great detail. It began one of the greatest scientific
revolutions in the world - the Copernican Revolution.
A century later the astronomer, mathematician and
constructor of astronomic instruments, Jan Heweliusz
(1611-1687), lived and worked in Gdańsk. His regular
observations of the sky resulted in a series of landmark astronomical studies. The same period saw
Kazimierz Siemienowicz (1600-1651), an engineer and
artillery theoretician, develop the basis for multistage
The beginning of Polish engagement in space flights
was related to the participation in the international programme Interkosmos, based on collaboration with the
Soviet Union. The first Polish research device, whose
task was to measure solar radiation, was sent into orbit
on board the satellite Kopernik-500 (Interkosmos-9) in
1973. Three years later the Space Research Centre of
the Polish Academy of Sciences was established as
a research entity focused entirely on exploring space
and developing space technologies. In 1978, the first
and to date the only Polish astronaut, Mirosław Hermaszewski, travelled into space on board the spaceship Soyuz-30. The aim of this 8-day mission was to
carry out experiments in the Soviet space station
Salut-6. It was also in the 1970s that practical use of
satellite imagery and satellite communication was initiated in Poland for the first time.
First academy in
Poland – Kraków
First Polish astronaut
Geopolitical and political changes after 1989
enabled Poland to collaborate with countries
from outside the former Eastern Bloc. In 1994,
Poland signed a cooperation agreement with
the European Space Agency covering exploration and use of outer space for peaceful
purposes; the agreement was later extended
in 2002. This agreement allowed Poland to
participate in the ESA’s scientific programmes,
which resulted in the presence of Polish instruments on the majority of the Agency’s research
missions – Cassini-Huygens, Integral, Mars
Express, Rosetta, Venus Express and Herschel.
Meanwhile, the first private Polish companies
offering services based on satellite technologies emerged.
The beginning of the 21st century witnessed
even closer collaboration between Poland
and ESA. In 2007, the Plan for European
Cooperating States (PECS) was signed. Thanks
to PECS Agreement, 45 projects were financed
for the total amount of 11.5 million euro. They
were implemented by Polish companies, scientific and research entities and higher education
institutions in cooperation with ESA. At the same
time the number, quality and advancement of
products and services based on satellite technologies, made available on the market by Polish companies, increased significantly.
In November 2012, Poland became the 20th
member state of the European Space Agency,
contributing about 30 million euro annually.
This paved the way for Polish companies and
research institutions to faster develop space
and satellite technologies by providing them
with the possibility of full participation in most
of the Agency’s programmes.
of May 3 (first in
in the World)
the end of
World War II
accession to the
30 M €
to ESA in the
first year of
SPACE POLICY OBJECTIVES
POLAND IN ESA
In 2012, the Council of Ministers set out the Polish space
policy directions. Its strategic aims are as follows:
20,3 M €
→→ To stimulate innovation and improve competitiveness of Polish companies by developing advanced
technologies (satellite and space technologies) and
fostering cooperation between R&D sector and
Earth Observation Envelope
9 years 16,0 M €
General Support Technology
5 years 13,7 M €
5,0 M €
5,0 M €
European GNSS Evolution
3,8 M €
→→ To meet national security needs by using existing
instruments and developing autonomous capabilities in chosen domains
Promotion (Artes 20)
3,0 M €
Space Situational Awareness
2,2 M €
In pursuit of these goals, Poland joined the European
Space Agency in 2012. Concurrently, efforts are made to
increase Polish participation in the space programmes
of the European Union, EUMETSAT and the European
GMES Space Component
0,8 M €
Mars Robotic Exploration
0,8 M €
0,5 M €
As the next step, plans are being developed to launch
a national space programme. At the same time, establishment of a dedicated structure coordinating Polish
space activities is expected.
Artes (no specific allocation)
→→ To increase efficiency and effectiveness of public
administration by developing and implementing
space-based applications in order to optimise the
use of existing infrastructure and resources
MetOp Second Generation
1,2 M €
Poland also participates in space activities of other international organisations. Within Poland’s overall contribution to the EU, approx. 53 million euro will be proportionally allocated to the European Union space programme
in 2014-2020. As a member of Eumetsat, Poland pays an
annual contribution of approx. 5 million euro.
Inter-Ministerial Board for Space Policy
Polish Space Industry Association
is composed of secretaries and under-secretaries of state from
10 ministries and PARP’s Board member, coordinates the actions
of governmental administration in the field of space activities and
makes key decisions, including financial ones.
www.mg.gov.pl | +48 (22) 693 42 61
gathers space sector companies and scientific institutions, acts
in favour of creating a strong Polish space sector competitive on
the European market, supports Polish public administration in
development of the national space policy.
www.space.biz.pl | + 48 (22) 874 01 97
Ministry of Economy
Committee of Space and Satellite Research
of the Polish Academy of Sciences
is the leading body in the implementation of the Polish space
policy, represents Poland in the European Space Agency and in
the European Union institutions.
www.mg.gov.pl | +48 (22) 693 42 61
Polish Agency for Enterprise Development
fosters the development of entrepreneurship in the space
sector, promotes Polish companies and Polish technologies,
serves as a contact point for entrepreneurs interested in space
activities in Poland.
www.parp.gov.pl | +48 (22) 432 89 91
stimulates and integrates national research activities devoted to
space and initiates cooperation with foreign scientific institutions.
Since 1960, the representatives of the Committee have acted
as Polish delegates to the international organisation COSPAR
(Committee for Space Research).
www.kbkis.pan.pl | + 48 (22) 825 02 41
Parliamentary Space Group
undertakes legislative actions on the level of Sejm and Senat
(two parliamentary bodies in Poland) regarding space activities.
A Parliamentary Space Group representative serves as the Polish
delegate to the European Interparliamentary Space Conference
(EISC). In 2012, the Group organised and hosted the EISC Conference in Poland.
www.sejm.gov.pl | +48 (22) 694 15 47
IN SPACE AND ON EARTH
Participation in ESA space missions
Signing the cooperation agreement with ESA in 1994 paved the way for Polish entities to participate in the Agency’s
missions. A number of space instruments have been constructed in the Space Research Centre of the Polish
Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with over a dozen Polish companies. Instruments created in Poland took part
in missions aimed at remote and direct studies of the properties of the atmospheres and surfaces of planets and
bodies of the Solar System. The most noteworthy missions with Polish instruments on board are:
The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy
of Sciences developed for the mission the MUPUS
instrument (MUlti PUrpose Sensor for surface and
subsurface science). This instrument is a mechanically
advanced manipulator and penetrator, whose purpose is to dig into the surface of the 67P/ChuryumovGerasimenko comet. The penetrator has several
detectors which, upon the landing expected in 2014,
will allow to study the physical properties and composition of the comet’s nucleus.
Polish engineers developed the power supply unit and
pointing system for the Planetary Fourier Spectrometer
(PFS). The purpose of this spectrometer is spectral
analysis of the light reflected and emitted by the surface
and atmosphere of Mars.
The instrument constructed in Poland is the THP (Thermal Properties) Sensor for measurement of temperature
and thermal conductivity. The sensor was installed on
board the Huygens spacecraft, which in 2005 landed on
the surface of Titan – a moon of Saturn. The measurements made by the sensor allowed the study of Titan’s
Herschel Space Observatory
The telescope, launched in 2009, is used to help
explain the creation of galaxies and the formation of
stars, as well as studying gas, dust clouds and comet
matter. The Polish contribution to the construction of this
telescope is significant. Key elements of the Local Oscillator System for the Heterodyne Instrument (HIFI) were
designed and built in the Space Research Centre of the
Polish Academy of Sciences – HLCU block (HIFI Local
Oscillator Control Unit) constitutes a complete power
supply and control unit of the Local Oscillator.
Polish trace on Mars
The first two Polish research satellites were developed
under Polish-Canadian-Austrian programme BRIght
Target Explorer (BRITE). Both satellites, named Lem and
Heweliusz, are of nano class, weighing less than 10 kg
each. Their task is to study the largest and brightest
stars in our galaxy in order to learn more about their
internal structure. Engineers and scientists of the Space
Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences and
Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Centre of the Polish
Academy of Sciences have been responsible for constructing these satellites.
One of the most spectacular planetary missions has
been the Mars Science Laboratory. Planetary robot
Curiosity, which has been exploring the surface of Mars
since 2012, is equipped with a number of research
instruments – one of them is a tunable laser spectrometer, which includes uncooled infrared detectors MCT,
designed and produced by VIGO Systems. The spectrometer collects information about the environment on
The Creotech Instruments company developed
a series of CCD cameras to observe gamma-ray bursts.
“Pi of the Sky” system allows the quick processing and
analysis of data in real time. The cameras provide scientists with data on black hole creation. A network of robotic
telescopes allows the observation of a large area of sky
and can be used to detect and monitor space debris.
Precise time systems
The Piktime Systems company designs and constructs
precise time receivers, which allow the comparison of satellite navigation signals and indications of satellite clocks’
differences. Piktime’s solutions are used by a time laboratory of the main ground-based control station of the European satellite navigation system Galileo (Galileo Control
Centre, Precise Time Facility, Fucino, Italy).
Satellite images in the public sector
Polish companies offer a wide spectrum of services
based on analysis of satellite imagery. The products
supplied include analyses of agglomerations development for spatial planning, analyses of environmental
changes for the purposes of environmental protection
and various maps aiding the forest management sector.
Agricultural lands constitute around 60% of the total
area of Poland. Due to this, the satellite services
market for agriculture has huge potential for growth
and new technologies may improve the effectiveness
in this sector of economy. Polish companies offer precise agriculture services, providing solutions that allow
the evaluation of local crop conditions and tools for
Polish satellite navigation system Automapa gained
great popularity thanks to the integration of multiple
satellite technologies. The system makes use of maps
which are regularly updated through detection of new
buildings on satellite images. The maps contain a complete road grid, 3D visualisations of buildings and their
detailed addresses. Based on user movement analysis there is a mechanism that allows the detection and
avoidance of traffic jams or unexpected congestions.
In addition, up-to-date maps and information about the
road situation are posted on the map portal Targeo.pl.
Due to its geographical location, Poland belongs to the
group of so-called transit countries. In order to lower
costs, improve fleet management and increase safety,
more and more Polish transport companies are using
satellite monitoring of their vehicles. This is possible
thanks to the platform AutoControl 2.0, developed in
Poland, whose scope of operation encompasses the
whole of Europe.
The location and climatic conditions of Poland cause
regular flood and fire threats. Observed climatic
changes indicate that material losses resulting from
these threats will increase. For this reason, Polish crisis
management authorities are beginning to make use of
satellite imaging for threat evaluation, operational planning and damage assessment, such as during the flood
recovery action in 2010. The Crisis Information Centre
was established in Poland and provides operational
support to rescue services and crisis management
authorities in use of satellite applications.
Large number of
with space, engaged in
education and amateur
projects. Great interest
and high level of technical
courses in higher education
A SPACE FOR YOUTH
Different NGOs and student associations are very active groups in the
Polish space sector. They take part in informing public opinion about
the advantages of investing in the space industry and provide a place
for young people to gain their first experience in the sector.
Long before Poland joined ESA, Polish students participated in the
majority of the Agency’s educational programmes. Among them were
projects connected with constructing satellites, such as Young Engineers’ Satellite 2 (YES2), SSETI Express, European Student Earth
Orbiter (ESEO) and European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO). Furthermore, Polish students’ scientific and technological experiments were
tested during the parabolic flights campaigns and flights of stratospheric balloons.
In 2012, the first student satellite “PW-Sat” was launched into orbit.
Its task was to test a passive deorbitation system. The satellite, constructed in the Cubesat standard, was developed in the Warsaw
University of Technology in cooperation with the Space Research
Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Of equal importance was
a double win by Polish-made robots, constructed by the students of
the Białystok University of Technology, in the prestigious University
Rover Challenge in the United States, organised by an international
organisation – The Mars Society.
The most active Polish organisations involved in education projects
are: Mars Society Polska, Studenckie Koło Astronautyczne (Student’s
Space Association), Polskie Towarzystwo Rakietowe (Polish Rocket
Society), ARISS Polska and Copernicus Project.
The company conducts research
and provides services and products
in intelligent technologies.
The largest producer of gallium
nitride (GaN) in Europe.
The largest IT company in Poland,
listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange.
The parent company of international
group Asseco has associated IT companies operating in Europe, Russia,
Israel, the United States, Canada,
Japan, Georgia and South Africa.
Its offer includes technical condition monitoring systems, piezoelectric actuators, calculations using MES
software, consultancy regarding
technical diagnostics of machines
and devices. The company operates
in the safety engineering sector. The
company’s research sectors include
intelligent sensors and actuators,
adaptive impact energy diffusion and
construction vibration attenuation.
One of the company’s activity areas
is development of technologies for
improving small aviation safety.
Since 2008, it has operated as
a spin-out company, originating
from the Institute of Fundamental Technological Research of the
Polish Academy of Sciences.
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The company specialises in semiconductors. Based on its own patented technology, The company
develops the production of gallium
nitride substrates and exports them
abroad. The materials produced are
characterised by the highest quality
worldwide. The main applications of
gallium nitride are in high-power and
high-frequency transistors, lasers and
light emitting diodes (LED).
Polish company established in 1999.
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05-126 Stanisławów Pierwszy
Asseco specialises in software production and development. It provides
and implements integrated, comprehensive solutions for the banking
sector, insurance companies, energy
sector, telecommunications, health
care, local governments, agriculture
and uniformed services.
In 2012, the Asseco group was
ranked in the top ten of the “TOP 100
European Software Vendors”.
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BCM LOGIC SOLUTIONS
Joint-venture company, established
jointly by European concern EADS
Astrium and the Space Research
Centre of the Polish Academy
The company specialises in constructing space mechanisms and
The company specialises in providing support tools to large, medium
and small businesses, facilitating
Business Continuity Management of
their organisations in real time.
The company designs and provides
complete products in the following
areas: time synchronisation systems, M2M systems, digital camera
systems, measurement systems and
power supply systems.
It specialises in electronics, optoelectronics and projects in the areas
of: GNSS, satellite observations,
telecommunications and robotics.
It offers integrated satellite applications combining localisation, observation and telecommunication
Applications provided by Astri
Polska are used in crisis management, spatial planning, environmental protection and precise agriculture. The company has implemented
the space technology transfer programme in Poland and participates
in eight research projects of FP7 and
a number of ESA projects.
EUROPEAN INVESTMENT IN POLAND
T h e p r o d u c t s o ff e r i n c l u d e s
Lock&Release devices, an ultralight
extended antenna systems and innovative solutions for mechanisms for
the exploration of other planets. The
company designs, constructs, integrates and tests space mechanisms.
It also constructs satellite devices
from prototype to flight models.
Astronika is a spin-out company
established by engineers with extensive experience in the construction
of innovative research instruments
for the purposes of international
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Its products aim to improve businessIT cooperation in a company as well
as project portfolio management.
The company, established in 2011,
operates in the IT and consultancy sector.
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Creotech is currently undertaking a contract for the installation of
a power supply unit in an instrument
to be installed on the International
Space Station. In the near future, the
company will focus on the further
development of specialised digital
cameras and new generation computers for space missions.
The company was established in
2008 by three former employees of
CERN, the European Organization
for Nuclear Research.
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IT firm creating and implementing
the most effective and innovative
solutions in their class.
The company specialises in spatial information, technologies for
its acquisition, processing, analysis
The company provides innovative IT solutions for the space
sector in the upstream and downstream segments.
Research and development activity
of the company focuses on finding
new applications for satellite teledetection and photogrammetry, multisource data fusion and development of spatial information systems.
GEOSYSTEMS Polska has the largest and most up-to-date spatial data
for the country.
GMV offers solutions in the areas
of: systems and applications based
on global satellite navigation, flight
dynamics systems, satellite real time
supervision and control systems,
space mission analysis and planning
systems. GMV provides software
for managing on-board systems
and payload data, creates attitude
and orbital control systems (AOCS),
guidance, navigation and control systems (GNC) and IT systems
for research operations centres.
The company offers a wide spectrum of IT solutions in the area of
satellite communication, mission
simulation and test station software.
CUBE.ITG works closely with universities and research institutes in
order to compose its own products
and services for the space sector,
which are to become the basis for
the development of future space
programmes. Based on constantly
developing experience, the company aspires to become the leading provider of services in BigData
management, robotics and efficient
data processing and analysis.
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The company is a co-producer of
the most popular car navigation
system in Poland, Automapa, and
map portal Targeo.pl, which allows
the user to observe current road traffic congestion.
The company was established in
1995. It operates in the area of geoinformation technology and satellite
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EUROPEAN INVESTMENT IN POLAND
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The company operates in the
defence, safety, transport, telecommunication and space sectors.
A company operating in the ICT
sector. It participates in over 30
R&D projects in ICT, financed from
the programmes of the European
Union, European Defence Agency
and national programmes.
The company specialises in IT systems and telecommunication devices.
The company is a global leader in
designing and manufacturing of
measurement equipment for precise
comparison of atomic clocks on very
Its activity areas comprise developing and operating technologies for
tactical systems of data exchange
on the military market as well as
GPS-based telematic systems for
civil users (e.g. fleet management),
safety management systems and
vehicle monitoring for state services.
The company has received many
awards for its achievements – in
2012, it won, among other things,
the Polish Business Leader Golden
Statue, awarded by the Business
The company has been present on
the market for 25 years.
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65-120 Zielona Góra
Its specialisation comprises consulting services in IT and telecommunication and performing applied
research in IT/ICT. ITTI develops
innovative applications and dedicated software, implements opinion
polls and performs market evaluations and analyses using a wide
spectrum of methods and research
techniques. In addition, the company
provides services for project management, fundraising and business
and legal consultancy in the area of
IT and telecommunications.
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IT systems created by KenBIT are
focused on automation and reliability, timeliness of data exchange
and ICT safety. The telecommunication devices concern digital radio
and cable communication as well as
Systems developed and implemented by KenBIT are used among
others by the Polish Navy, Ground
Forces and Border Guard.
The company was established in
2003 by employees of the Military
University of Technology.
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Piktime Systems has provided over
140 time transfer systems for customers worldwide. It offers time transfer
systems and develops time and frequency algorithms and software.
One of the company’s key projects
was participation in the implementation of a time laboratory for the
main ground-based control station
of the European satellite navigation
system, Galileo, in Italy.
The company was established in 2007.
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The largest producer and supplier of armed forces equipment in
Poland, Polish Defence Holding has
associates in over 40 companies in
the defence sector from Poland and
abroad that employ nearly 10 000
workers. It is the largest research
and development institution in the
Polish defence industry.
The company is a producer of systems for special applications. Its
main customers are military, mining
and heavy industry.
The company operates in robotics and specialises in systems for
Holding specialises in manufacturing ammunition and missiles,
armoured vehicles and platforms
(tanks, specialised vehicles, repair
and recovery vehicles), electronic
and radiolocation systems (command systems, radars, sensors,
antiaircraft and antimissile systems), firearms and individual soldier equipment (protective vests,
personal weapon, gunsights and
optoelectronic systems, helmets,
and gas masks).
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Radiotechnika Marketing designs,
produces and performs tests on
highly specialised electric, fibre
optic and hybrid cables. It specialises in power supply systems
and components for these systems, such as high power feeders
for military use, energy processing
systems, filtration and EMC interference reduction systems. The
company also produces drive control systems, actuator systems and
is involved in manufacturing and
distribution of military plugs. The
company conducts R&D activities in
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC).
Radiotechnika Marketing continues
the manufacturing traditions of the
oldest electronic company in Poland
– Spółdzielnia Pracy Radiotechnika.
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55-080 Kąty Wrocławskie
Robotics Inventions offers autonomous and semi-autonomous mobile
robots for household and industrial
use, as well as vision and teleoperation systems, IT solutions for robot
swarm control and autonomy systems. Its offer also includes services
connected with designing and manufacturing of mobile robots.
In 2008, Robotics Inventions
expanded its activity to the space
sector, beginning implementation of
R&D projects in the area of controlling and positioning of robots.
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The company’s business areas focus
on satellite and aircraft monitoring of
Sener Sp. z o.o. is a subsidiary company of private engineering company Sener SIS from Spain.
SATIM specialises in monitoring of
vertical ground movements, studying
the stability of surface infrastructure
and monitoring of changes in land
management. The company acts as
an intermediary in purchasing satellite and aircraft spatial data, provides
spatial analysis and creates geoportals and spatial databases.
Sener specialises in the following
areas of space engineering:
m e c h a t ro n i c s a n d m e c h a n i c s
(deployment mechanisms, linear
and rotary actuators, antenna direction mechanisms, lock and release
mechanisms, control electronics,
structures); optics (designing and
integration of complete optical
devices, mirror stabilisation systems, optical filter change systems);
control systems, attitude and orbital
control systems – AOCS and GNC
(system engineering, designing of
operating parts of control systems
and AOCS, applications and software development).
The company operates in the geoinformation technology sector. It is an
authorised business partner of the
key satellite operators. The company
operates as a satellite services broker.
The company has the capability to
design and analyse optical systems
and thin layers. It operates its own
modern machine and measurement
equipment. The company exports
over 90% of its products to global
The firm was established as a spinoff company of the AGH University of
Science and Technology in Kraków.
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EUROPEAN INVESTMENT IN POLAND
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SmallGIS renders services and supplies products in the areas of optical
and radar imaging, geo-IT software,
dedicated GIS systems, as well as
GNSS receivers, mobile GIS software
and armoured mobile computers.
SmallGIS offers advanced services
with a high innovation level and added
value based on satellite image and
GIS data processing.
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Their products are characterised by
high quality and are mostly used in
industrial lasers, measurement and
research equipment and photolithography. Customers are in industries such as semi-conductors, laser
processing of materials, telecommunications, defence, scientific
research and medicine.
The company has been in operation
since 1991. Its headquarters and production plant are located near Warsaw.
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SILESIAN SCIENCE AND
OF AVIATION INDUSTRY
The company renders services in
manufacturing advanced composite structures.
The major recipient of the company’s services is the aviation industry,
as well as other industry sectors that
require reduction of the weight of
a given element, while at the same
time preserving its high durability
parameters (space and automotive
industry, yachting, etc.).
The Centre specialises in designing,
modelling and manufacturing composite structures. It also has its own
material testing laboratory, offering
a wide spectrum of strength, fatigue
and non-destructive tests.
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One of the first companies to
develop and demonstrate laser
The company manufactures
uncooled photon infrared detectors
and is recognised as a worldwide
leader in this area.
The specialisation of TopGaN
Lasers comprise laser technologies
using a new group of semi-conducting compounds (gallium, indium and
aluminium nitride). The company
offers nitride epitaxial structures for
the purposes of optoelectronic and
electronic industries, laser diodes
and laser diode matrices.
Established in 2001 by employees of
the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN).
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Vigo System specialises in infrared
detectors, dedicated electronics,
thermographic cameras and measurement systems.
Uncooled infrared detectors developed by Vigo System constitute
an element of one of the research
instruments of the NASA MSL Curiosity robotic rover, which began its
mission on Mars on 6 August 2012.
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05-850 Ożarów Mazowiecki
The company develops advanced
tools for biomedical image analysis,
software accelerating simulation of
liquid flow on GPU cards and technologies that allow executing physical simulations in cloud computing.
A geoinformation company designing solutions and rendering services
based on satellite teledetection,
geospatial information systems, satellite and hybrid navigation.
One of the major companies in the
Polish defence sector, specialising
in applications of electronics and IT
in the military.
The company’s products are highly
specialised solutions, purchased
mainly by international corporations (e.g. Siemens, Schlumberger),
universities (e.g. University of Cambridge, Shanghai University, Iowa
State University) and research and
development institution worldwide
(e.g. ETH Zurich). Since 2013, the
company has been contracted by
the European Space Agency.
The company was established
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Wasat’s offer includes geoinformaiton products, agrotechnical
works conducted on farms, services for the environmental protection sector and localisation solutions
for the purposes of mobile application developers.
The company is currently implementing several R&D projects financed by
the European Space Agency,
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WB Electronics is a supplier of military communication systems, command support systems and services in the field of integration of
military vehicles. One of the company’s significant activity areas is
the design and construction of complete unmanned aerial vehicles, its
strength being specialised remote
control systems as well as software
and information encoding systems.
WB Electronics has been in business
since 1997. Its products are used in
over 30 countries worldwide.
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05-850 Ożarów Mazowiecki
SCIENTIFIC AND RESEARCH
SPACE RESEARCH CENTRE OF
THE POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
The Centre is the only Polish scientific and research institute solely focused on space research and construction
of scientific instruments. Since its foundation in 1976, over
70 scientific and research instruments and sub-systems
have been constructed for use in international space missions. The first two Polish scientific satellites – Lem and
Heweliusz – have also been built in the Centre.
Established in 1926, it manages scientific, research
and engineering activities in aviation and astronautics.
Areas researched in the Institute include developing
new space propulsion systems, ecological rocket fuels,
studying rocket structures and analysing dynamics of
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INSTITUTE OF GEODESY
Established in 1945, before the end of World War II.
The Institute manages research and application
activities (including teledetection) for geodetic and
cartographic practice, central and local government
administration, environmental protection, agriculture,
forestry, spatial planning and management.
The Institute conducts scientific and research activities in the area of telecommunications and information
technologies. It is involved in planning and designing
telecommunication networks, new generation radiocommunication systems, broadband access networks,
new generation optical networks, security of networks
and services, network management, analysis of electromagnetic compatibility, optoelectronics and development of special telecommunication systems.
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Established in 1945, it now has 12 departments with over
35 000 students. The Wrocław University of Technology developed antennas installed on the Columbus
module for broadcasting digital TV signal from the
International Space Station, as well as an antenna model
for broadband satellites on the request of the French
Space Agency. Other projects in which the University
was involved include: ESEO, SSETI-Express, ESMO and
construction of re-entry vehicles.
Established in 1915, it is one of the largest and most
prestigious technical universities in Poland and Central
and Eastern Europe. The university has over 36 000
students in 19 departments. Students of the Warsaw
University of Technology take an active part in space
education projects. The first Polish student satellite
PW-Sat was built at the university.
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orbit in 2012
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INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR
AUTOMATION AND MEASUREMENTS (PIAP)
Established in 1965, it conducts research activities in
the areas of security, automatics, robotics and measurements. It specialises in mobile robotics, precise
mechanics, construction of manipulators, suspension
systems for mobile robots and autonomy of robots. The
Institute’s work in the space sector focuses on robotics,
image processing and GNSS applications. PIAP offers
mobile robots for various purposes which are used by
the police, border guard and army in many countries.
The state military-civil university of technology was
established in 1951. Its 7 departments accommodate
10 000 students. In 2013, the National Centre for Space
and Satellite Engineering was established within the
university, operating in the areas of development of
selected space technologies and education.
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Polish Defence Holding
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Institute of Telecommunication
Institute of Aviation
Wrocław University of Technology
Warsaw University of Technology
Military University of Technology
Photo Credits: page 4 - Jan Heweliusz-Daniel Schultz (Wikimedia Commons); Mikołaj Kopernik-Jan Matejko (Wikimedia Commons); Mirosław Hermaszewski (Faculty of Physics, University of
Bialystok); page 5 - ESA - European Space Agency (background); page 6 - ESA - European Space Agency (background); from left: ESA - European Space Agency; „Pi of the Sky” Consortium;
page 7 - from left: ESA - European Space Agency; Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences; strona 11 - from left: Paweł Sańczyk,PW-Sat; Bialystok University of Technology;
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