On June 7, 2017, a briefing of Polish delegates to program councils and ESA committees took place in the Warsaw office of the Polish Space Agency.
An event addressed to entities active or interested in launching operations in the space sector was attended by about 40 representatives of domestic enterprises, universities and research institutes.
The purpose of the meeting organized by the PAK Department of Strategy and International Cooperation was to present representatives of the Polish space sector the status of works on the most important ESA projects implemented in optional programs, in which Poland declared participation by paying a premium. Thanks to the knowledge about the status of these projects, Polish entities can more effectively plan their activities regarding ESA projects, which may increase their chances in European competitions, and thus contribute to a more effective return of the contribution paid by Poland to the European Space Agency.
During the briefing, delegates provided information on issues discussed at the last meetings of program councils and ESA committees, with particular emphasis on the possibility of joining Polish entities to specific projects and participation in subsequent competitions announced by this organization. Delegates presented thematic presentations and answered questions from gathered guests.
Beata Mikołajek-Zielińska from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education presented the most important information from the meetings of ESA PB EO (Program Board Earth Observation) and PB HME (Program Board Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration) and, as a replacement for Dariusz Drewniak from the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (Science Program Committee).
Anna Nałęcz-Kobierzycka from the Ministry of Development presented the state of the projects discussed at meetings of the ESA IPC (Industrial Policy Committee) and PB SSA (Program Board on Space Situational Awareness) meetings, as well as, instead of Łukasz Maciak from MR, ESA JCB (Joint Board on Communication Satellite Programs) and PB-NAV (Program Board on Satellite Navigation).
Lt. Col. Krzysztof Malinowski from the Inspectorate for the Implementation of Innovative Defense Technologies of the Ministry of National Defense and Jarosław Papis from the Ministry of Development summarized the arrangements concerning the topics implemented by the Council of the Council of Social Insurance Banks (Program Board on Launchers). Jarosław Papis also summed up this year's mapping meetings of the advisory group on harmonization of ESA THAG technology, including the involvement of the Polish delegation at these meetings and the participation of domestic entities, as well as the schedule of the current and next activities of this group.
The meeting was attended by representatives of 30 entities of the Polish space sector, such as: Asseco, Astronika, Creotech Instruments, DOMAR, CIM-mes Projekt, Jakusz Space Tech, N7 Mobile, Newind, SENER, WASAT, Airbus Group Poland, Thales Alenia Space Poland, Mobica , Kapitech, Institute of Aviation, Institute of Foundry, Institute of Ceramics and Building Materials, Institute of Geophysics PAS, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Institute of Electronic Materials Technology, Warsaw University of Technology, Silesian University of Technology, University of Warmia and Mazury, Academy of War Art.
Briefing ended with a session of individual conversations and consultations.
The June briefing with the participation of Polish delegates to ESA was the first organized by the Polish Space Agency. The next is planned for October / November 2017.