Creotech Instruments, a leading Polish manufacturer of satellite systems and components listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, won the Award of the President of the Management Board of Targi Kielce (Kielce Trade Show). This distinction was awarded during the 30th edition of the MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition, one of Europe’s largest defence sector events. The company was recognized for its high-tech EagleEye project involving the development of an Earth observation microsatellite slated to launch to low Earth orbit in Q4 2023. Scanway Sp. z o. o. and the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences are also involved in the project.
The 30th MSPO International Defence Industry Exhibition 2022, held between 6 and 9 September 2022, is one of Europe’s largest events, next to the Paris and London trade shows, devoted to the broad defence industry. The summary part of the event involved an award ceremony of several distinctions, including the Award of the President of the Republic of Poland, Award of the Minister of Development and Technology, Special Distinction of the Commanding General of the Armed Forces and the Award of the President of the Management Board of Targi Kielce. Creotech Instruments, one of the largest Polish space tech companies, won the latter award in recognition of its EagleEye project.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce that we received an award that we value so highly at the Kielce defence industry trade show for EagleEye, one of our key space projects. The distiction was presented by Andrzej Mochoń, PhD, President of the Management Board of Targi Kielce,” says Grzegorz Brona, President of the Management Board of Creotech Instruments S.A. “I am pleased that our project has been recognized once again. This award, received against the backdrop of strong competition from very advanced projects, is a good omen ahead of EagleEye’s upcoming launch into Earth orbit,” he adds.
It is crucial in the context of the modern battlefield that Poland’s Armed Forces have their own satellite reconnaissance assets. EagleEye, as a key component of the national satellite system, will provide high-resolution data for the purposes of battlefield reconnaissance and will thus enable the provision of up-to-date operational and strategic information to various branches of the Polish Armed Forces. Satellite imagery obtained thanks to EagleEye will be an indispensable tool in building battlefield situational awareness and thus will significantly enhance support for the decision-making process in terms of military command and control (C2) and consequently improve the effectiveness of military asset utilization and soldier safety. Furthermore, its accurate and small satellites support building low-cost distributed constellation systems that offer increased system resilience during armed conflicts.
“I am proud to see an increasing number of players on the Polish market pursuing advanced space projects with an impact on the European and global space markets. EagleEye is just one example of projects contributing to the new space economy,” says prof. Grzegorz Wrochna, President of the Polish Space Agency.
The EagleEye project is carried out by an industrial and scientific consortium comprising Creotech Instruments S.A., as the consortium leader, Scanway Sp. z o. o. and the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences (scientific partner).
“The ongoing conflict in Ukraine highlights the importance of space assets. The effective use of satellite imagery provided to the Ukrainian army by its allies gives it a huge edge on the battlefield, allowing Ukraine to hit targets far beyond line of sight. The EagleEye satellite can secure such capabilities for the Polish Army. The cooperation of Polish companies under this project demonstrates that world-class satellite reconnaissance solutions can also be sourced domestically. The Polish high-tech sector is able to provide the requisite capabilities that are more advanced, safer and cheaper than their foreign counterparts. At the same time, as these are manufactured domestically, they add to the potential of the Polish industry,” says Grzegorz Brona.
Creotech Instruments has been working on the 50 kg EagleEye observation satellite project based on its proprietary HyperSat standard since 2020. The platform supports a variety of missions, from technological and scientific, through observation and telecommunications, to deep space projects. Scheduled to launch in early 2023/late 2024, the EagleEye satellite will most likely be placed in orbit by Elon Musk’s SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The EagleEye program is carried out by the Creotech Instruments satellite team consisting of over 80 specialists, including former employees of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Polish Space Agency. The satellites are assembled in the company’s laboratories and clean-rooms located in Piaseczno near Warsaw.
Creotech Instruments S.A. is a Polish company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. It is co-owned by the State Treasury through the Industrial Development Agency. The company delivers its products and services to 30 countries worldwide. Its partners include Airbus, Thales Alenia Space, OHB, Kongsberg, ArianeGroup, Safran and MBDA Systems. Creotech has also worked for major research centers such as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, the GSI Heavy Ion Research Institute, DESY Research Center in Germany, MIT, Oxford University, Berkley University, Stanford University and the ETH University of Technology. The company’s main client is the European Space Agency, for which it has delivered over 20 projects since 2012. Creotech was involved in such projects as the ASIM laboratory on the International Space Station, the Exomars-2016 probe currently in Martian orbit, the OPS-SAT satellite and delivered subsystems for MET-OP meteorological satellite missions and NEOSAT. The company is currently working on further projects for ESA involving the delivery of subsystems for the JUICE Jupiter mission, PROBA-3 Sun research mission and the Comet Interceptor comet research mission.