The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the Polish Space Agency and the Association of Space Industry Employers organized on 10-12 October 2017 a visit of representatives of companies and institutions of the national space sector in Sweden.
The aim was to create favorable conditions for establishing business and scientific relations with Swedish partners by Polish entities.
In addition to allowing representatives of companies from both countries to meet, the visit to Sweden was also an opportunity to discuss the institutional framework of Polish-Swedish cooperation in the field of widely understood space technologies.
The most important point of the visit was the Polish-Swedish industrial day, which took place at the headquarters of the Polish Embassy in Stockholm. As part of this event, entities from both countries could present their activities and conduct bilateral talks.
The meeting was opened by: Wiesław Tarka, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Stockholm and Olle Norberg, General Director of Rymdstyrelsen - Swedish National Space Board (SNSB), the institution responsible for shaping the Swedish space policy. Then two panels were organized filled with presentations of Polish and Swedish companies and institutions from the space sector. They were an introduction to an important meeting point at the Embassy, which was a B2B conversation session.
In total, about 30 representatives of the space sector from both countries participated in the meeting. Poland was represented by the following entities: Astronika, Creotech Instruments, GMV Innovating Solutions, ITTI, JAKUSZ Space-Tech, Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center, SENER, Syderal Poland, CBK PAS, Institute of Aviation and the Association of Space Industry Employers. Public administration was represented by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MR, MNiSW and PAK. The most important Swedish companies include: RUAG Space, Swedish Aerospace Industries, OHB Sweden, GKN Aerospace Engine Systems, GOM Space and SES Astra AB.
Other important points of the trip program include the visit of the Polish delegation to OHB Sweden, the Swedish subsidiary of the German concern OHB - the manufacturer of satellites, rocket propulsion systems and AOCS navigation systems (position control in orbit). Participants of the mission had the opportunity to get acquainted with the company's achievements in the field of construction and use of satellites (eg Viking, Freja, Tele-x, Odin, Prisma). The Polish delegation also visited the Esrange Space Center - a missile base managed by the state-owned company SSC (Swedish Space Corporation), from which probing rockets and research balloons used for atmospheric research, including the aurora phenomenon, are fired.
The program of stay also included a visit to the Space Research Center of the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), the oldest and largest Swedish technical university and the Institute of Astrophysics (IRF) in Kiruna. The Institute conducts research and education in the field of astrophysics (including plasma physics), space technologies and atmosphere physics (including phenomena occurring in the ion and stratosphere). Participants had the opportunity to become acquainted with its activities, including apparatus and instruments developed for the needs of research space missions.