Initial talks with NASA regarding the start of Polish-American cooperation in space is one of the main outcomes of participation of the delegation of the Polish Space Agency in UNISPACE+50 conference organized in Vienna by The United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.
One of the aims of the Polish visit in Vienna was establishing relations between POLSA and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the USA). President of POLSA, Grzegorz Brona, had two meetings with high representatives of NASA: Dr. Jim Green, Planetary Science Division Director and Dr. Scott Pace, Executive Secretary of the National Space Council of White House. The topics raised during the meeting included i.a.: the possibility of cooperation between Polish and American research institutions and universities conducting research in field of space sciences, the development of industrial cooperation in the area of technology and Earth Observation missions, exploitation of US patterns regarding space law and governmental support of commercial space activities.
- The first official talks with the representatives of NASA were highly promising. I hope that they will effect in a broader Polish-American cooperation in space in the near future - states Grzegorz Brona, Ph.D., the President of the Polish Space Agency. - Our entities already effectively cooperates with NASA. In the beginning of May the probe InSight has been launched in the USA. Its aim is Mars and sub-terrestrial researches of this planet and the Polish company delivered the crucial instrument for this mission. Nearly three weeks ago the probe IMAP has been chosen to be built by NASA in order to conduct the research of the influence of solar wind. The one of ten crucial experiments performing aboard of this probe will be constructed in Poland. Now the time has came to formalize and design the long-term plan of cooperation with the American agency.
COOPERATION WITH CANADA, MEXICO AND GERMANY
During UNISPACE+50 conference president Brona also held a meeting with president of CSA (the Canadian Space Agency) Sylvain Laporte. The talks concerned the development of Polish-Canadian projects. The countries have already successfully cooperated in the area of space technologies: the Polish-Canadian-Austrian consortium constructed the constellation of 6 astronomic nano-satellites BRITE (BRIght-star Target Explorer), two of which were constructed in Poland.
The conference in Vienna was also an opportunity to talk with the representatives of the German government, Mr. Thomas Jarzombek, the Governmental Coordinator of the German Space Policy, about the development of mutual scientific cooperation. POLSA and DLR (the German Aerospace Agency) have recently organized Polish-German workshops for representatives of research institutions of both countries.
POLSA president also held a meeting with dr Francisco Javier Mendieta Jimenez from the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), during which the implementation of the provisions of the memorandum of understanding signed with AEM in 2017 was discussed.
TIGHTENING COOPERATION WITH THE ISRAEL SPACE AGENCY
On the 20th of June, 2018 in Vienna Grzegorz Brona, the President of the Polish Space Agency and Avi Blasberger, the Director General of the Israel Space Agency, signed the letter of intent for tightening the cooperation in space. The cooperation between POLSA and ISA will encompass projects developed by both countries in areas such as robotics, advanced sensors, satellite systems and sub-systems.
PARTICIPATION IN THE MEETING OF CHIEFS ON NATIONAL SPACE AGENCIES
One of the key events during UNISPACE+50 conference was the panel of heads of space agencies of United Nations countries. The president of POLSA for the first time participated in the meeting, which gathered 21 representatives of national space agencies. During the panel, dr Brona delivered a statement regarding the main assumptions of the Polish Space Strategy and informed about the concept and the status of works on the Polish National Space Program.
UNISPACE+50 conference took place in Vienna on June 18-21, 2018 as part of the 61. session of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). This year’s edition celebrated the 50th anniversary of the premiere UN conference on exploration and peaceful use of Outer Space. The Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space prepared a draft resolution entitled „Space 2030: space as a driver of sustainable development”, which will be reviewed by the UN General Assembly during its 73. session.
The Polish delegation during the UN COPUOS was led by prof. Piotr Wolański from the Warsaw University of Technology and the Institute of Aviation