The Polish Space Agency and NASA have made an important step towards international cooperation. Thanks to the agreement signed during the 72nd International Astronautical Congress, Polish entrepreneurs will be able to work on the upcoming Artemis mission.
According to the Agency, the so-called Artemis Accords concluded on Tuesday is an international agreement that defines the framework for cooperation in the civil exploration and peaceful use of the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies.
– This is another important step in building Poland’s cooperation with the United States – emphasized the Agency.
A chance for dynamic development
According to POLSA, the agreement opens up the possibility for Polish institutions and enterprises to participate in NASA’s Artemis program, concerning the return of people to the moon and the expansion of space exploration. Thus, Poland joined other Artemis Accords signatories, such as: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Ukraine, UAE and Great Britain.
President of POLSA Grzegorz Wrochna stated that Polish companies and institutions have been successfully cooperating with NASA, ESA, DLR JAXA and CNSA for many years.
– Only in the last 40 years, over 80 instruments designed and constructed by Polish scientists and engineers have been used in various international space missions – he emphasized. He added that the decade of participation in the European Space Agency “resulted in a dynamic development of the Polish space sector, in which more than 350 Polish companies already operate”.
According to Wrochna, Poland’s accession to Artemis Accords is “another important step in developing the potential of the Polish space sector in the international arena”.
Cooperation and promotion
As announced by the Agency, the next step in building Polish-American relations will be the Framework Agreement on Space Cooperation between the Republic of Poland and the USA, on which work is currently underway.
The provisions of Artemis Accords refer to the United Nations’ Space Treaty of 1967 and the major UN conventions that form the basis of international space law, the Agency explained. She added that this is an agreement “which gives Poland the opportunity to participate in NASA’s multilateral programs for the exploration of the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies”.
The agreement was signed by the President of the Polish Space Agency Grzegorz Wrochna in the presence of Pamela A. Melroy, Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency of the United States, during the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
POLSA is an executive agency of the Ministry of Development and Technology established in 2014. Its task is to support the Polish space industry by implementing the priorities of the Polish Space Strategy. POLSA cooperates with international agencies and state administration in the field of space research and use. Responsible for the promotion of the Polish space sector at home and abroad. It also conducts activities related to information and education on the use of satellite technologies (including navigation, observation and communication) in the economy, administration and everyday life.
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