by Staff Writers
Warsaw, Poland (SPX) Jan 06, 2012
The year 2011 was very important for the space industry development in Poland. This article contains a short summary of most important Polish space-related events.
Poland to join ESA
The talks initiated on the 28th of November and will probably conclude during 2012. There is a high possibility that Poland will become the 20th member of the agency before the end of this year. Still, the exact scope of future Polish activities within ESA is not known, but might be closer to values reported by us in the end of November 2011. In the end of 2011 the third PECS call started.
This is another important step for the Polish industry to cooperate with ESA. This way Polish companies can participate in projects related to ESA's development.
MAGMA2 wins the URC 2011
Work on BRITE-PL satellites
Work on the second BRITE-PL satellite continues as well. Moreover, Heweliusz will feature more elements constructed in Poland. In addition, in late 2011 a ground station for satellite communications with BRITE satellites was built and tested.
PW-Sat to launch soon
In total seven picosatellites will be aboard (PW-Sat included), which were installed in special containers called P-PODs between October and November. If Vega's launch is not significantly delayed, then the first Polish satellite will reach orbit before BRITE-PL Lem.
Polish Rocketry Society
This rocket society is a unique organisation in Poland, with many experts as members. One can assume that in the following years rockets designed by PTR will launch higher and reach higher speeds.
Kosmonauta.net - further developments
We were also present at important events: as the International Astronautical Congress (with a presentation on suborbital services in Central Europe), SEMWO'11 in Lithuania, EURISY and SSA in Warsaw, Le Bourget and a meeting with the ESA general director in Paris. In November, a decision was made to convert a Ltd.- type company. In the nearest future, we plan to actively support the Polish space industry and to conduct own R and D projects.
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