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Top quality hardware at reasonable cost: 35 years of Polish activities in space projects
Author(s): Piotr Orleanski
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Paper Abstract

The paper gives the summary of the Polish technical activities in space which have been done for the last 35 years. The long way of Polish space instrumentation is presented - from the simple INTERKOSMOS rocket experiments in the 80's to the current participation in the most important ESA missions. About twenty different experiments are described. The presentation starts with the early ionospheric analyzers and Star-tracker TELEGWIAZDA. A few instruments delivered to different Soviet missions (PHOBOS and PRIRODAiMIR among the others) are presented. The example of Planetary Fourier Spectrometer shows how the experience collected in early Soviet and then Russian missions was used by Polish engineers in the later ESA projects. The last decade characterizes of deep collaboration with ESA. Poland participates in the most spectacular ESA missions: INTEGRAL, MARS EXPRESS, ROSETTA, CASSINI, VENUS EXPRESS and HERSCHEL. The technical activities concentrated and still concentrate mostly in Space Research Center of Polish Academy of Sciences (SRC PAS) where the significant number of instruments have been manufactured. This paper also notices some activities done in other Polish institutions (Aviation Institute, PZL Mielec, Warsaw University of Technology) and present participation of a few students groups from Universities of Technology in Warsaw and Wroclaw in ESA educational projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2006
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6159, Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments IV, 61590Q (26 April 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.675027
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Piotr Orleanski, Space Research Ctr. (Poland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6159:
Photonics Applications in Astronomy, Communications, Industry, and High-Energy Physics Experiments IV
Ryszard S. Romaniuk, Editor(s)

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