Satellite Days, Poland

Background

 

10th-11th December 2014

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent innovation and technology company, created to foster growth across the economy through the exploitation of space. Part of this mission manifested itself into a project to build a CubeSat, based on the technology and knowledge of the Satellite Applications Catapult. This mission enabled a two-day workshop, organised for students from all over Poland, experts from Satellite Applications Catapult provided their knowledge and the technology needed to construct the cutting-edge satellites. The “Satellite days “ were intended to familiarize the participants with up-to-date and progressive space technology that is not usually available to Polish students, and to inspire them to start their careers in the space industry. The event corresponds with the UK Trade & Investment’s “Innovation is GREAT” initiative, which supports collaborative research, development and the commercialization of new technology solutions between Great Britain and the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.


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The CEE Region is a crucial direction to develop the science and business cooperation of the Polish and British space industry. Our objectives are convergent – Poland and the United Kingdom want to be actively involved in space exploration. Thanks to this cooperation we will be able to achieve much more, and there is a lot worth fighting for. The space technology market in 2008 was worth 160 billion pounds, and in 2030 it is estimated to reach 400 billion pounds.

Robin Barnett – Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Poland.


 

Robin Barnett, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Poland, joined by professor Mark Banaszkiewicz, the Director of the Center for Space Research, and Chris Brunskill from Satellite Applications Catapult, opened a networking reception and officially launched the “Satellite days”. On the following day the British Embassy turned itself into a centre of design and ideas for space technology, where six groups of students from the University of Warsaw, Warsaw University of Technology, University of Science and Technology and the Silesian University of Technology, designed CubeSats and prepared them for launch into space.

What We Did

– The “Satellite days” were an excellent opportunity for the Polish and British aerospace business to meet and discuss trends and cooperation opportunities.

– The days primarily enabled CubeSats, based on the technology and knowledge of the Satellite Applications Catapult, to be built by outsiders for the first time in Poland.

– During the two-day workshop at the British Embassy, Polish students constructed six of these miniature satellites and discovered their potential user cases.


 

Britain’s Developing Situation

Since the establishing of the British Space Agency in 2010, the space sector has been developing vigorously. Over the last decade it has increased by an average of 9% per annum. This upward trend has been accompanied by important events, such as the joining the European Space Agency (ESA) and launching of the Satellite Applications Catapult. The latest research, part of the UK Space Innovation and Growth Strategy 2010-2030 (IGS), confirmed that this growth trend would continue. Currently the UK aerospace industry employs some 34,000 people, with approximately 5,000 joining the industry in the past two years. The rapid growth of employment is closely linked to two objectives: increasing the British share in the global market from its current 6% to 10% in 2030, and establishing 100,000 new jobs in the industry.

Poland’s Developing Situation

The Polish space industry is consistently growing. For many years Poland has been actively involved in researching the Earth’s orbit, the Sun and the Planetary System. Instruments built by the Space Research Centre have explored the surface of Titan, were installed on the satellites of Mars Express and Venus Express, and also on the Philae lander that accompanied the Rosetta spacecraft. Moreover, numerous instruments were used during research on the solar radiation or plasma in the Earth’s magnetic field.


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Trends in the space industry have also been recognized by Polish business. In 2013 more than 30 companies and research institutes established the Polish Space Industry Association, bringing together those related to the construction of space equipment. There are over 100 Polish companies and institutions that can quickly rebrand in order to start work in the space industry.