During the conference, which took place in the Polish Senate on May 28th, 2018, the president of POLSA delivered a speech on the perspectives of development of space exploration and utilization and on the benefits of using satellite data in administrative tasks.
The event was organized by the Komisja Samorządu Terytorialnego i Administracji Państwowej (Comittee for the Local Government and State Administration) along with Polskie Centrum Prawa Kosmicznego im. Manfreda Lachsa (Manfred Lasch Center of the Space Law). The conference focused on space activity in the context of the international and the Polish law and operations of the public administration.
The conference had begun with the address of Stanisław Karczewski, Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland, which was followed by presentations given by representatives of the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences (CBK PAN, the Ministry of Entrepreneurship and Technology, (Ministerstwo Przedsiębiorczości i Technologii), University of Warsaw (Uniwersytet Warszawski) and Gdansk University of Technology (Politechnika Gdańska).
President of POLSA, Grzegorz Brona, Ph.D, highlighted the growing impact of space on the lives of human beings. The number of objects launched into space, which currently amounts to 1500, will be most probably increased by a few thousands by 2030. As a consequence, acquiring a grand vast of satellite data for processing and utilization also within administrative purposes, will occur. Around 2040, the first space mining extractions are planned to be performed and around 2050 expansion towards the Moon is likely to take place. According to the POLSA president, the present space-related undertakings are to pave the way for the next 50 years.
During the conference, the chairman of the Commission of Local Government and Public Administration (Komisja Samorządu Terytorialnego i Administracji Państwowej), senator Piotr Zientarski, presented the activities of the Parlimentary Group for Outer Space aimed at supporting Polish space exploration.