Poland set to launch space programme

Poland set to launch space programme

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Radio Poland and the Puls Biznesu daily have reported that Poland will launch a space strategy within its Responsible Development Plan.

The Polish Space Strategy (PSS), recently accepted by the government, will include satellite technology to improve national security. Furthermore, the PSS predicts that, by 2030, Poland will generate three percent of European space sector turnover.

In January, it was announced that Poland had increased its four-year funding budget for voluntary European Space Agency programs by a quarter. Beyond Polish government investment, home-grown businesses can capitalise on these developments. More than 300 Polish companies told the Puls Biznesu they would be willing to invest in the space technologies sector, which is said to be growing by four percent each year.

Mateusz Morawiecki, Poland’s Minister of Development and Finance, has predicted the entire Responsible Development Plan could inject as much as 2 trillion PLN (Polish Zloty) into the country’s economy by 2020. At a news conference, Morawiecki admitted the PSS would also be useful for monitoring the country’s recent smog problem, as satellites could help track harmful emissions.

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