The Polish Space Agency signed a letter of intent to strengthen the cooperation in space with ROSA during the economic mission of the Polish space sector to Romania.
The Polish Space Agency organized a visit of representatives of the Polish space sector in Romania, which took place on 13-15 November 2018. During the mission, a letter of intent was signed by the Polish Space Agency (PAK) and the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) to strengthen cooperation in such areas such as: the situational awareness in space, launching systems and small rockets, the Earth observation, exploration of space and joint participation in, among others, the European Commission Space programs.
A letter of intent to strengthen cooperation in space between the space agencies of Poland and Romania was signed on November 14, 2018 by president of the Polish Space Agency, Mr Grzegorz Brona, PhD, and president of the Romanian Space Agency, Mr Marius-Ioan Piso, PhD.
- Starting cooperation with the Romanian Space Agency is one of the directions of the international cooperation of the Polish Space Agency defined in the National Space Program. Romania is a partner with an interesting, long-time experience related to space exploration. Areas of the potential Polish-Romanian cooperation in the field of space and satellite technologies may include, among others: space situational awareness, the Earth observation, microsatellite and the construction of small rockets - said Mr Grzegorz Brona, PhD, president of the Polish Space Agency.
The goal of the Polish space sector's business mission to Romania was to establish relations and to start talks about cooperation in the field of satellite and space technologies. Apart from the Polish Space Agency delegation, representatives of the Institute of Aviation, ICEYE Polska and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs took part in the trip.
The main point of the November visit to Romania were sessions during which representatives of the Polish and Romanian space sector companies presented their achievements and potential, as well as Polish-Romanian B2B meetings. The Polish representatives held the bilateral talks with representatives of companies and institutes from Romania, such as: Institute of Space Science, ISS, which is a branch of the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics - INFLPR, the National Institute for Aerospace Research Ellie Carafoli - INCAS, the Romanian Research & Development Institute for Gas Turbines – COMOTI, the Astronomical Institute of Romanian Academy, University Politehnica of Bucharest CEOSpace Tech, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Politehnica University of Bucharest, the Military Equipment and Technologies Research Agency – METRA or the National Research and Development Institute for Optoelectronics – INOE.
The Polish delegation paid a visit to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bucharest, during which the president of the Polish Space Agency met with the Polish Ambassador, Mr Marcin Wilczek. The meeting was aimed at establishing closer relations and discussing potential initiatives for the development of cooperation between the Polish enterprises and institutes with partners from Romania.
Members of the national delegation visited the Romanian National Aeronautics Research Institute Ellie Carafoli - INCAS - a research facility with more than sixty years of tradition, which conducts research in the field of aviation and aeronautics (aerospace engineering), and possess a unique infrastructure related to simulation of flight dynamics and virtual reality.
Then, the delegation visited the National Institute for Research and Development of Gas Turbines – COMOTI, which deals with scientific research in the field of turbine engines, gas turbines and the industrial machines as well as their design, testing, integration and production. On the second day of the visit to Romania, the Polish delegation visited the Institute of Space Sciences – ISS, which carries out basic research in the field of astrophysics, planet physics, plasma and magnetometry, astrophysics and the space radiation, and implements projects related to the applied research and the development of space technologies. Poles also visited the Extreme Light Infrastructure - ELI research centre, dealing with the nuclear physics and its applications, which is the largest facility of this type in Europe, in which a powerful laser system is being built.
Romania is an important participant of the space market of the Central and Eastern Europe. It spends approximately EUR 60 million on space activities annually. The Romanian Space Agency was founded in 1991 and in 2011 the country joined the European Space Agency. Romania, like Poland, undertakes actions in order to join the European SST (Space Surveillance and Tracking) Consortium.
The November visit of representatives of the Polish space sector in Romania was the second economic mission organized in 2018 by Polish Space Agency for Polish entities of the space industry. In mid-October 2018 under the auspices of Agency, a delegation of the national space industry to Ukraine took place, in which representatives of 6 Polish companies and institutes took part.