The document was signed on the 20th of June, 2018 in Vienna by Grzegorz Brona, Ph.D, President of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) and Avi Blasberger – Director General of the Israel Space Agency (ISA). The cooperation of POLSA and ISA will encompass projects developed by both countries in areas such as: robotics, advanced sensors, satellite systems and sub-systems.
The document is aimed at tightening cooperation concerning scientific projects and space technologies, exploration and use of Outer Space and organizing events to support the development of start-ups entering the space market. POLSA and ISA have agreed on preparing the project of formal cooperation, which will include the description of the bilateral cooperation mechanisms and involved entities.
The Israel Space Agency was established in 1983. As the institution supervised by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Israel, it focuses its activities on coordination and implementation of the national space program. The program also covers undertakings associated with national security managed by the Ministry of Defence, including projects related to miniaturization of technologies for Earth observation in high resolution. The Polish-Israeli cooperation concerning space projects was one of the subjects discussed during the visit of the Polish delegation leaded by the Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology of the Republic of Poland, Jadwiga Emilewicz, in Israel, which took place on 18-20 of June, 2018. The program of the visit included participating in the Polish-Israeli Economic Forum co-organized by the Polish administration, which was aimed at providing entities from both countries with information regarding new cooperation opportunities and at supporting their networking. One of the thematic session of the forum was dedicated to bilateral cooperation in scope of scientific and technological projects. During that session Polish and Israeli companies presented their capabilities and achievements related to the IT/ICT and Space projects.
- Israel is a valuable partner – as the world’s third most innovative economy, the international leader in miniaturization of space technologies and the country, which since the 1980s successfully supports the growth of its start-ups. I hope that tightening cooperation with the Israel Space Agency will enable Polish entities to adopt and benefit from best practices developed in Israel - comments Grzegorz Brona, Ph.D., the President of the Polish Space Agency. - The rapid growth of our space industry, its impressive achievements and capabilities, as well as successful cooperation with ESA make us an interesting partner for Israel. The leaders of POLSA and ISA have met to sign the letter of intent for tightening the cooperation in space during the 61. Session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS).
The letter of intent signed with ISA is another document concerning bilateral cooperation with national space agencies signed by the Polish Space Agency. So far POLSA signed cooperation agreements with 6 space agencies of: France (CNES), Italy (ASI), Ukraine (NSAU) Brazil (AEB), China (CNSA) and Mexico (AEM).