On Friday, 5 November 2021, during the 590 Congress in Jasionka, 20 leading Polish space tech companies and institutions founded the Space Technologies Cluster (Klaster Technologii Kosmicznych, KTK). The KTK was established to facilitate partnerships seeking to create, develop, and implement space technologies originating in Poland. Members of the Cluster include scientific and research entities, as well as commercial companies, which account together for over 85 percent of the potential of Poland’s space sector.
The Cluster’s primary purpose will be to develop resources and competencies in the field of space engineering and technology with a view to deliver system components to the market effectively and, in the future, create fully functional and complex space systems.
“Sovereignty is the foundation of a strong Poland. Sovereignty in every domain, be it energy, military, cybernetics or space, comes from building and developing own competencies. Thanks to the KTK, the entire sector can work together to deliver Polish solutions that cater to national needs and pursue international expansion by holding a presence in foreign markets. We fully appreciate the significance of today’s event in this context as leading players from the Polish space tech sector came together as part of a platform that allows for their joint potential to be fully leveraged,” said Maciej Małecki, secretary of state with the Ministry of State Assets.
As many as 20 companies signed the Space Technologies Cluster agreement. The signatories include: Astri Polska, Astronika, Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Creotech Instruments S.A., Energo-Tel, Exatel, Air Force Institute of Technology, ITTI, KP Labs, Fr. Bronisław Markiewicz State University of Technology and Economics, PCO S.A., PIAP Space, Podkarpackie Innovation Center, Ignacy Łukasiewicz Rzeszów University of Technology, Rzeszów Regional Development Agency, Scanway, Łukasiewicz Research Network (Łukasiewicz Center), Spaceforest, Thorium Space and the Jarosław Dąbrowski Military University of Technology.
“This is yet another initiative that brings together and adds to the strength of the space industry. Just yesterday, we celebrated the official inauguration of the Piast satellite constellation project, a groundbreaking venture for Poland involving specialists from the most important Polish space tech institutions and companies. The agreement establishing the Space Technologies Cluster aligns with the direction we have already set,” says prof. Iwona Stanisławska, director of the Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences.
Grzegorz Brona, PhD, President of Creotech Instruments S.A. had similar things to say:
“The space industry relies on cooperation. In just two years, in 2023, we plan to launch EagleEye, a satellite built for Poland’s national defense purposes, into orbit around the Earth. Now, thanks to the Cluster, we are in a position to work more extensively with other leading Polish companies, including Exatel, the KTK’s initiator. We are confident that this partnership will benefit the entire Polish space sector and, by extension, also our country,” says Grzegorz Brona.
Among the Cluster’s aims will be to design and launch a constellation of Polish observation microsatellites by 2026, a goal outlined in the National Recovery Plan. This marks an important step in establishing Poland’s image as a state actively pursuing space projects and secures Polish economic and military interests.