FSK 2016: Space Technologies - A Worthy Field For Investment.

Satellite and space technologies market in Poland is dynamically developing, and one may risk a statement that it is worth to make investments within that field. This is the main thesis that was raised during the International Space Sector Forum (FSK, Forum Sektora Kosmicznego), involving the representatives of the Polish industry, scientific circles and the administration.

The fact that Poland joined the group of countries contributing to the European Space Agency has led to dynamic development of the domestic space and satellite technology sector. Throughout the last three years, this market area has gained a significant potential, which also translates into expansion of other fields of economy, as well as of everyday lives.

The solutions developed within that area are being applied in other fields, including telecommunications, aviation, defence, robotics, logistics or even precision agriculture. Moreover, thanks to development of the space industry new jobs are being created and innovation level is being increased. This creates tangible economic growth and benefits. Three years of ESA presence have shown that the Polish companies easily adapt to being active within the aerospace technologies area, using their scientific background and intellectual capital. That experience has already been translated into several visible successes. Next, we should define the direction for our development, allowing us to increase our competition advantage on the international market.

Paweł Wojtkiewicz, President of the Polish Space Industry Association.

In order to achieve that, it would be required to maintain clarity in the space policy area. This could be possible thanks to the fact that Poland is willing to create a coherent Space Sector Development Strategy, along with a Domestic Space Programme. As it was stressed by the forum participants, the newly created legal documents shall be a result of the experience gathered so far, defining the goals and framework for coordination of the actions which should be undertaken by the individual administrative bodies, taking into the account the issues related to removal of the legislative barriers which could potentially hamper the development of the space sector. One of the most important recommendations discussed during the conference was to increase the public expenditure related to investment in the space technologies, with simultaneous expansion of the scale of involvement, when it comes to the optional European Space Agency programmes.

The above theses were also confirmed by the examples shown by numerous speakers, including those from Belgium, Austria and international organizations: SME4Space and ERSAC. The above-listed countries lead the way, when it comes to return of investment in the space sector. Not only are they in possession of own, coherent domestic development strategies, but they also maintain and follow sustainable space policy, focused around the selected areas of that sector.