Reaching for the stars

The agreement was signed during the Unispace + 50 conference held by the UN in Vienna. www.unoosa.org

Poland and Israel sign space project agreement.

The Polish Space Agency has signalled its intention to strengthen its cooperation with the Israeli Space Agency across a number of different areas.

An agreement, signed during the Unispace + 50 conference held by the UN in Vienna, has pathed the way for the implementation of projects in the field of robotics, advanced sensors, satellite systems and subsytems.  

Dr Grzegorz Brona, president of the Polish Space Agency, said that, as one of the most innovative economies in the world, Israel was considered a valuable partner.

"Israel is a leader in the field of miniaturisation of space technologies. Since the '80s, it has been successfully building favourable conditions for the development of start-ups. I hope that, thanks to the closer cooperation with the Israeli Space Agency, the entities of the Polish space sector will also be able to benefit from our partner's knowledge and expand their achievements," he said. 

But the advantage of the relationship worked both ways, Dr Brona added. 

“Our indigenous space industry is developing very dynamically – its potential, achievements and successful cooperation with the European Space Agency make us an interesting partner for the Israeli side."

The agreement comes a week after the possibility of Polish-Israeli advanced cooperation in the space-related projects was first mooted during the Polish-Israeli Business Forum held in Tel Aviv last week.

During the forum, several agreements were signed between Polish and Israeli companies, including national airlines LOT and ELAL, as well as a pilot arrangement to promote Polish high-tech companies and their entry into the Israeli market – as well as the entry of Israeli companies into the Polish market.

It was attended by the Polish Minister of Entrepreneurship and Technology Jadwiga Emilewicz and the Israeli Minister of Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi.