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Jul 2013-Jul 2015
Poland joined European Space Agency at the end of the 2013 and became the newest, 20th member of the Agency. Full membership in ESA gives a big boost for space industry in Poland, mainly by giving an opportunity to participate in most of the ESA space programmes for private entities, research institutes and students.
The 2013 is important year for Poland. New challenges stands before public administration and all involved in Polish space activities, e.g defining national space policy and plans. Entities must learn how to cooperate efficiently with ESA and each other. Non-governmental organizations – how to participate in new opportunities to create future space leaders in Poland.
In 2013 first professional Polish scientific satellite “Lem”, build by Space Research Centre (SRC PAS), is going to be launched in September and second, belonging to the same scientific programme in 2013/2014. Work on this two satellites is make in big part by young engineers – alumnus of ESA Educational Programmes.
Previous 2012 was also an interesting, intensive year. Poland joined ESA and for the first time was present on ESA Ministerial Council in Naples. First polish cubesat PW-Sat, built by students from Warsaw University of Technology to test a deorbitation system, was successful launched on Vega rocket in March from French Guiana. Also Polish Space Industry Association was founded - currently gathers 24 companies and research institutes that are active in space industry. On November Space Up Poland took place in Warsaw, (third SpaceUp event in Europe ever) – it was an exciting event, especially for the youngest space enthusiasts – high school and university students.
Young Space Activities Overview in Poland
Young people have few opportunities to get involve in hands-on, space-related projects. In Poland there are few, high active associations which lead their own projects, as well as are involved in ESA Educational Programmes.
Country-Specific Events in 2013
- AstroBot (January-April): Aerospace competitions for high school students
- Tests of the mars rover on desert in Morocco by Mars Society Polska (January-February)
- European Space Expo in Warsaw (4-9 May)
- IV Innovation Forum in Rzeszów: Aerospace (14-15 May)
- NASA's Fourth Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition, Florida USA (20-24 May): One Polish rover Husar (Warsaw University of Technology)
- 2013 University Rover Challenge, Utah USA (May-June): Four Polish rovers; Scorpio 3 (Wrocław University of Technology), Hyperion (Bialystok University of Technology), Copernicus Team (Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń) and SKNL Rover Team (Rzeszów University of Technology)
- DTS 2013 (June/July): Days of space technologies and services
- 1st School for Young Space Leaders by New Space Foundation (July/August)
- IX Technical School of the Copernicus Project (20-22 September)
- 3rd Polish-Wide Conference of Contributors in ARISS Educational Program, Lowicz (4-10 October)
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Poland
|Cansat European Competition
won by team from Cracov
|Polish flag in ESA ESTEC
|Polish satellite Lem to be launched in 2013
Professional governmental, business and scientific organizations/institutions
- Ministry of Economy: Ministry dealing with economy of Republic of Poland, also responsible for relations with European Space Agency and for overall coordination of space policy (EU and PL).
- Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP): Government agency that has been providing support to entrepreneurs in the implementation of competitive and innovative projects. From this year PARP has also is responsible for operational assistance and relations with space industry.
- Polish Space Industry Association “SPACE PL”: Gathers main actors in the field of the Polish space sector: companies & research institutes. Founded 31st October 2012. The main goal of the Association is to strengthen the position of members in the national and international markets, as well as to promote collaboration with public administration representatives and non-profit organizations in order to define a consistent strategy to develop the Polish space sector.
- Space Research Center Polish Academy of Science (SRC PAS): The only research institute in Poland whose activity is fully dedicated to the research of terrestrial space, the solar system and the Earth using space technology and satellite techniques. Since 1977 the SRC staff developed, constructed and prepared for launch over 60 instruments and participated in the experiments in more than 50 space missions. SRC PAS
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), associations and groups
- Students’ Space Association (SSA) of the Warsaw University of Technology: The most active student association related to space in Poland, founded in 1997. Already leading projects: sounding rockets, stratospheric balloons, thermal calculations for space projects and moon rover. Main authors of first polish cubesat PW-Sat. Alumnus of ESA Education Programmes: ESEO, ESMO, Bexus, Parabolic Flight Campaigns. Around 60 members actual.
- Students’ Space Technology Group of the Warsaw University of Technology: Second association related to space on WUT, specialized in on-board computers, communication and programming. Co-authors of PW-Sat satellite. Develops stratospheric balloons. Alumnus of ESA Educational Programmes: ESEO, Bexus.
- Students’ Space Technology Section of the AGH University of Science and Technology: New founded group in Cracow. Develops stratospheric balloons and mars rover.
- Mars Society Poland (MSP): Founded in 1999 is one of the most active division of the Mars Society. Focused on developing mars rovers and built a mars habitat in Poland. Thanks to well considered strategy of cooperation with technical universities and companies, MSP bring to built an advanced generation of polish mars rovers. Three polish rovers took part in University Rover Challenge 2011 in USA and “Magma 2” from Bialystok University of Technology won the competitions.
- Polish Rocket Society: Founded 2010, gather enthusiasts of experimental sounding rockets. Most advanced rocket reached attitude of 2 km and crossed sound barrier.
- Copernicus Project: A non-governmental organisation came to being in 2005. Main goal of the Copernicus is to spreading the idea of Cheap Access To Space by offering platform, which enables young, ambitious people to perform experiments and realise their own amateur scientific research. Copernicus team consists of experienced specialists of various domains and professions. We were joined by the same passion and willingness to discover things, that were already discovered a long time ago. The flagship projects of the association are: Near Space Program, Technical School and MiniSat project.
- ARISS Polska (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station): Polish group in international volunteer program which inspires students, worldwide, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities with the International Space Station (ISS) on-orbit crew. Students learn about life on board the ISS and explore Earth from space through science and math activities. ARISS provides opportunities for the school community (students, teachers, families and local residents) to become more aware of the substantial benefits of human spaceflight and the exploration and discovery that occur on spaceflight journeys along with learning about technology and amateur radio.
Space-related services and magazines
- Polish Astronautics Service “Kosmonauta.net”: The biggest Polish service about astronautics. More than 4000 articles, 20 authors, 4-5 news every day. Interesting reports of the most important events in Polish space sector. Representatives presents on the biggest international space conferences, eg. IAC.
- Polish Astronautics Forum: The biggest Polish Forum about astronautics. Around 40 000 posts in 900 topics, 400 users.
- "Kosmiczna Polska”: Collection of all, polish space-related projects made by NGOs.
- “Astronautilus” magazine: Probably the best Polish space-related magazine, available on-line for fee.
- “Astronautics” at Faculty of Power and Aeronautical Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology
SpaceUp Poland participents