POLON (which stands for POLski mOduł Napędowy, i.e. Polish propulsion module) is a project run by two leaders of the Polish space industry, Creotech Instruments (specializing in space system electronics and software, and microsatellite integration) and the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation (specializing in rocket fuels and propulsion systems).
The project aims to design, build, and test an engineering model of a satellite propulsion unit dubbed POLON. The propulsion module will allow satellites (weighing up to 200 kg) to change their orbital altitude, correct orbital perturbations, perform space debris collision avoidance maneuvers as well as deorbit burns.
POLON will be tested with together with HyperSat, a microsatellite platform in development by Creotech Instruments S.A. The module will use High Test Peroxide (HTP), a propellant that offers a high density impulse and is environmentally friendly. The Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation was granted a European patent for a new method of producing HTP.
Alongside the propulsion system, the Company will also develop a control technology for the system consisting of electronic components and control algorithms. In particular, Creotech Instruments will deliver an engine control module, which will have the functionality of a controller of a dedicated satellite attitude and orbit control system.
POLON’s target market includes space tech institutions and companies, particularly microsatellite constellation manufacturers in need of a modular satellite engine offering low toxicity and a small form factor.
Project part-financed by the National Center for Research and Development (NCBR) as part of the Fast Track for the Mazovia Province program.
Total project value: PLN 16.810.471,25
Funding amount: PLN 6.836.315,00