The agreement was signed on 20 June 2016 in the Presidential Palace in the presence of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda and the President of the Republic of China, Xi Jinping for President POLSA Professor Mark Banaszkiewicz and administrator of China National Space Agency (CNSA) Xu Dazha.
The aim of the agreement is to ensure the legal and organizational frameworks and tools to prepare and launch cooperation between the two agencies in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes.
Future cooperation between POLSA and CNSA may concern 3 areas: space research, including astrophysics and solar system research, exchange and use of satellite data in the development of earth sciences, including the observation and monitoring of climate change and the environment and the development of space technology, among others, in the area of telecommunications.
- China is one of the biggest players in the global space sector. We are pleased with the signing of an agreement with the China National Space Administration, because it opens the way to interesting projects for the exchange of scientific organization of symposia and workshops and finally, other joint space projects. - Says Professor Marek Banaszkiewicz, president of the Polish Space Agency.
China National Space Administration is a government organization established to implement the civilian space programs. China has one of the largest budgets for space exploration in the world - according to the OECD report in 2013. Amounted to 6.1 billion *. Chinese activity in space focuses on space exploration (including the Moon and Mars), Earth observation, astronomy and space research and the development of techniques, manned spaceflight and navigation systems.
The agreement with the CNSA is the first such document signed by the Polish Space Agency in the current year. In 2015, Poland Space Agency signed a cooperation agreement with the space agencies of France (CNES), Italy (ASI), Ukraine (NSAU) and Brazil AEB).
* The report "The Space Economy at a Glance 2014", OECD, 2014., P. 44.