oland and the European Space Agency (ESA) have inked pivotal agreements that mark a new era in Poland’s space endeavors. Following an enhanced contribution of EUR 295 million to the ESA, Poland is slated to send an astronaut, scientist Sławosz Uznański, into space in 2024. He will be the country’s second astronaut after Mirosław Hermaszewski’s mission in 1978.
These accords also herald opportunities for the 400 active Polish space technology companies. Development and Technology Minister Waldemar Buda emphasized the potential of these partnerships to drive rapid growth in the nation’s space sector. Additionally, the collaboration will pave the way for Polish university graduates to gain valuable experience through internships at the ESA. With these moves, Poland is strategically positioning itself as a key player in future space technology and exploration.