POLSA ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
The organizational structure of the Polish Space Agency is defined by the Regulation of the Minister of Development and Technology of November 23rd, 2021 on granting the statute of the Polish Space Agency (Journal of Laws 2021, item 2248), which entered into force on December 21st, 2021.
Polish Space Agency is divided into departments with the following responsibilities:
Strategy & International Cooperation Department
- Representing Poland in the international arena in matters related to space,
- Participating in the activities of international space institutions, including the European Commission (EU), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT), United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) and other international organizations,
- Coordinating POLSA’s cooperation with foreign space sector institutions and national space agencies,
- Supporting Polish entities of the space sector through consultations, advising on participation in programs, e.g. the European Commission (Horizon Europe, EUSPA, etc.) and the European Space Agency,
- Identifying and analyzing challenges and problems in the field of exploration and use of outer space,
- Conducting publishing activities through the development of analyses, reports, information materials and publications on the Polish and global space sector.
Research & Innovation Department
- Stimulating Polish space sector on the field of science, industry and public administration,
- Supporting the development of innovative products and services based on unique Polish deep tech know-how,
- Supporting space sector entities in obtaining flight heritage, developing new competencies in space and making scientific discoveries,
- Negotiating the participation of Polish space sector entities in large international science and technology projects,
- Identifying new opportunities, conducting consultations, developing reports and recommendations for the space sector,
- Promoting multilateral industrial and scientific cooperation.
Space Safety Department
- Observing space activity and analysing threats in space,
- Informing about the current space situation,
- Carrying out the tasks of the European Space Program within the EU SST partnership (Satellite Survey and Tracking), in particular by conducting the POLSA Space Security Operations Center,
- Polish space objects index maintenance.
Earth Observation Department
- Cooperation with and supporting public administrations in accessing and using Earth observation data,
- Building a national interoperable system for receiving, storing, processing and sharing satellite data,
- Developing and improving the resources of the Polish Space Agency in the field of Earth observation,
- Preparing analyses, expert reports and opinions about Earth observation, with particular attention to national needs, problems, opportunities and threats in this area,
- Representing the Polish Space Agency on national and international committees dealing with the subject of Earth observation,
- Cooperation with other entities operating in the field of Earth observation,
- Building competencies and disseminating the use of satellite data.
Satellite Telecommunications & Navigation Department
- Building satellite connectivity awareness in Poland,
- Participating in European Union and EDA programs and initiatives regarding satellite communication and navigation (ENTRUSTED, Secure Connectivity, JCB, PBNav),
- Stating national position on satellite communication at international and national forums,
- Participating in GOVSATCOM activities in Poland,
- Cooperating with the Ministry of Defense and civilian services on satellite communication and navigation,
- Supporting of the space industry in Poland,
- Participating in WRC23 international working group on frequency control and orbital positions,
- Participating in CBK PAN national working group about the use of Galileo navigation in Poland.
Information and Promotion Department
- Increasing knowledge about Polish space sector development,
- Building public awareness of the use of space technology in everyday life,
- Supporting educational institutions in developing space-related initiatives,
- Encouraging young professionals to develop their skills, knowledge and competences in space sector,
- Supporting bottom-up initiativeand cooperating with the POLSA’s Student Council,
- Cooperating with the media and building the image of the Polish space sector,
- Organizing trade fairs, conferences, economic missions and other events to support the development of the space sector.
- Ensuring the effective functioning of the Agency’s administrative, technical and property infrastructure,
- Developing and updating the Agency’s work plans and preparing reports on their implementation,
- Managing the Agency’s finances and carrying out tasks related to the creation and monitoring of the financial plan,
- Implementing employment policy and carrying out the Agency’s duties as an employer, which result from the provisions of the labor law,
- Managing public procurement and public information requests,
- Maintaining and developing the infrastructure and information systems needed to support the tasks carried out by the Agency, including ensuring data security.
The headquarters of the Polish Space Agency is located in Gdansk. POLSA also has local branches in Warsaw and Rzeszow.
The supervisory and advisory body of the Polish Space Agency is the POLSA Council. One of its tasks is to develop proposals on the directions of the Agency’s development and drafts of strategic programs of research and development work in the field of space. The POLSA Council gives its opinion on draft action plans and draft normative acts. It also analyzes and evaluates the effectiveness of the activities undertaken by the Agency and supervises its financial management.
The POLSA Council is formed of government representatives and representatives of science and industry.