Space Research Centre PAS
Piotr Orleański
Vicedirector for technology development
Short Description

The Space Research Center of the Polish Academy of Sciences is the only Polish interdisciplinary research institute with all essential activities focused on conducting research of near Earth space, Solar System bodies, usage of space technologies and satellite techniques. The institute is third in the rank within the N15 group (physics and astronomy), with the effectiveness index of 170,5 and an A category.

One of the main goals of the Space Research Center is to link the newest scientific space discoveries with daily practical applications. The Space Research Center creates solutions and promotes the usage of satellite systems within the national economy in such areas like: navigation, telecommunications and Earth observation.

The prestige and unique character of the Space Research Center can be seen in the participation to many international space missions, the construction of space instruments and research satellite subsystems, and the support of the Polish space industry through education, knowledge and technology transfer.

Products & Services
Services & applications based on data from EO satellites
Services & applications based on data from navigation satellites
Integrated applications


  • Space instruments – roentgen spectrometers, radio spectrometers, thermal sensors, optical Fourier and hyperspectral spectrometers
  • Satellite subsystems – power supply systems, onboard computers, mechanical structures and thermal systems, orientation and satellite stabilization system, communication systems, supporting ground systems
  • Satellite navigation – precise positioning using GPS, EGNOS and GALILEO reference stations, a precise time transfer system
  • Telecommunications – ionosonde with software, determining the status of the ionosphere based on ground observations and GPS
  • Earth observation – a semi-automatic change detection system using high resolution photography, terrain classification software using optical and radar photography


  • Satellite platform integration
  • Tests of subsystems and small
  • Quality control and preparation of documentation



TD 1 On Board Data Systems
TD 2 Space System Software
TD 3 Spacecraft Electrical Power
TD 4 Spacecraft Environment & Effects
TD 5 Space System Control
TD 6 RF Payload and Systems
TD 7 Electromagnetic Technologies and Techniques
TD 8 System Design & verification
TD 9 Mission Operation and Ground Data systems
TD 10 Flight Dynamics and GNSS
TD 11 Space Debris
TD 12 Ground Station System and Networks
TD 13 Automation, Telepresence & Robotics
TD 14 Life & Physical Sciences
TD 15 Mechanisms & Tribology
TD 16 Optics
TD 17 Optoelectronics
TD 20 Structures & Pyrotechnics
TD 21 Thermal
TD 23 EEE components and quality
TD 24 Material & Processes
TD 25 Quality, Dependability and Safety
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  • Automation, Telepresence & Robotics
  • Electromagnetic Technologies and Techniques
  • Flight Dynamics & GNSS
  • Life & Physical
  • Materials & Processes
  • Mechanisms & Tribology
  • Mission Operation and Ground Data Systems
  • On Board Data-Systems
  • Optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Quality, Dependability and Safety
  • RF Payload and Systems
  • Space Debris
  • Space System Control
  • Space System Software
  • Spacecraft Electrical Power
  • Spacecraft Environment & Effects
  • Structures & Pyrotechnics
  • System Design & Verification
  • Thermal

Main experimental research in the space environment

  • wave experiments in plasma around the Earth
  • remote (optical and microwave) sensing of planets and other space objects (PFS/MarsExpress, MERTIS/BeppiColombo)
  • X-ray investigation of the Sun (STIX/SolarOrbiter)
  • direct (in situ) surface and subsurface probing of planets and small Solar System bodies with the help of penetrators and landers (ROSETTA);

Participation to astrophysical research (INTEGRAL gamma ray observatory, HERSCHEL far infrared ray observatory, BRITE – the first Polish scientific satellite); involvement in the usage and development of global satellite navigation systems (GPS, Egnoss, Galileo), observations of satellites in Earth orbit.
Most of the work is conducted in Warsaw, Solar research is being done in the Wrocław department of the Space Research Centter (Solar Physics Division), work on the Atomic Time Scale and satellite observations are carried out in the Borowiec Astrogeodynamic Observatory.


  • Solar physics (Wrocław branch)
  • Studying planets and small Solar System bodies
  • Interplanetary space physics and astrophysics
  • Plasma physics
  • Planetary geodesy and geodynamics
  • Earth observation

Electronic, optical and mechanical laboratories with workstations for 40 persons. A mechanical workshop with 8 manufacturing machines (3 CNC ones), a vacuum chamber, environmental chambers, clean room chambers, an emc laboratory. A Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Station, an ionosonde, Time and Frequency Services, the BOR-1 station, the CBKA ASG-EUPOS station, a mobile GNSS laboratory, the Regional Warning Center.


  • ESA
  • NASA
  • CNES
  • Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • European Commission
  • DLR Berlin
  • DLR Oberpfaffenhofen
  • DLR Bremen
  • IRF Uppsala
  • INRF Rome
  • CRNS Grenoble
  • University of Massachusetts
  • GeoPlanet
  • Gdynia Maritime University
  • EADS Astrium
  • GMV
  • Sener
  • Telespazio
  • Bumar
  • WB Electronics
  • Creotech
  • Astri Polska