Creotech Instruments, a company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange’s NewConnect market, has completed a System Requirements Review for the PIAST project, thus marking the completion of the first phase of its project, which seeks to place observation satellites in Earth orbit in 2024. PIAST will deliver the first Poland-made instruments of the National Earth Observation Satellite System for the Polish Armed Forces. For Creotech Instruments, this will also mark the first commercial implementation of its proprietary HyperSat platform.
“I am pleased to announce that we have achieved the first milestone under the PIAST program involving the construction of observation satellites. We have now completed the project’s System Requirements Review, one of four major reviews planned in the process of designing and building the PIAST satellite constellation. The remaining three are the Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and the Flight Readiness Review,” explained Grzegorz Brona, President of the Management Board of Creotech Instruments. “Consequently, we can now transition to the project’s next phase and thereby significantly reduce technological risk,” adds Grzegorz Brona.
PIAST (Polish ImAging SaTellites), a project carried under the umbrella of the SZAFIR program, aims to leverage the potential of partnerships between scientific units and private businesses to advance the development of solutions crucial for national security and defense. This consortium, led by the Military University of Technology, also includes Creotech Instruments.
“As part of the PIAST project, we will build and deliver three satellite platforms fully based on our proprietary HyperSat platform. Our task will be to integrate optical telescopes and a purpose-built propulsion system with the satellites. I am proud that Creotech Instruments is part of a project that will develop Poland’s first instruments of the national satellite Earth observation system for the Polish Armed Forces,” says the president of Creotech Instruments. What is also important is that this will also mark the first commercial application of the HyperSat platform,” he adds.
The end customer of PIAST’s deliverables is the Ministry of National Defense.
The PIAST project is financed by the National Center for Research and Development (NCBiR) and was commissioned to a consortium of companies and research institutions: Creotech Instruments S.A., Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Scanway Sp. z o. o., Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, PCO S.A. (a company of the Polish Armaments Group) under the leadership of the Military University of Technology (Military University of Technology).
PIAST is not the only strategic project the Creotech Instruments engineering team is currently enaged in. Together with two other business partners, the company is also working on EagleEye, a project involving the development of an Earth observation microsatellite. The satellite is slated for launch to low Earth orbit in 2023-2024.