On November 15, 2017 at the Military University of Technology, a meeting was held devoted to the European Space Agency programs organized by the Polish Space Agency. Its purpose was to present the possibilities of participating national universities and industry representatives in space projects and support that PAK can provide to institutions planning to apply for ESA contracts.
The speeches of the Department of Strategy and International Cooperation (POLSA) specialists were devoted to development opportunities resulting from Poland's membership of the European Space Agency. Issues related to the possibility of WAT involvement in R & D projects related to space technologies and satellite techniques were also discussed.
The meeting was opened by Lt. Col. dr inż. Tomasz Muszyński, head of the WAT Analysis and Expertise Team.
Dr Marta Wachowicz, director of the Strategy and International Cooperation Department of PAK, started her speech with the presentation of the structure of the Polish space sector and reminders of the most important directions of PAK activity and tasks. In the following, she summarized the activities carried out by the agency for entities of the Polish space sector, such as advisory programs, industry meetings, expert consultations, matching business partners and facilitating participation in international trade fairs or organizing bilateral meetings with representatives of the space industry from other countries. She also discussed the general principles of cooperation between Polish entities and ESA.
Zbigniew Burdzy presented the characteristics, operating mechanism and rules for applying for contracts under the ESA optional programs. The second part of his presentation was devoted to discussing the process of technological harmonization of ESA, including mapping meetings open to industry and science and research units, and explaining the benefits of the participation of Polish entities in the meetings of committees dealing with this process in ESA. Patrycja Frąk's presentation concerned the Polish Industry Support Program (PLIIS), its principles and conditions for applying for ESA contracts implemented within its framework.
POLSA experts also explained what kind of support can be provided by the Polish Space Agency to institutions that plan to apply for ESA contracts.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the basic organizational units of the Military University of Technology who were eager to engage in a discussion about cooperation with ESA.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Marta Wachowicz encouraged WAT employees to use PAK's support in consulting projects and finding partners for joint ventures related to the use of space techniques and satellite technologies.