The Space Technology Centre AGH UST (Polish abbrev. CTK) was established on 2 November 2020 by decision of Professor Jerzy Lis, AGH UST Rector (pursuant to the Ordinance of the AGH UST Rector No. 79/2020 of 21 October 2020). It was founded as a result of winning the prestigious title of European University, which was awarded to the AGH UST by the European Commission.
The objective of the Space Technology Centre AGH UST is to coordinate space research conducted at the AGH University of Science and Technology and the implementation of own research in the area of space technologies.
The Space Technology Centre AGH UST (Polish abbrev. CTK) is an AGH UST unit that was established to conduct teaching and research activity in the scope of broadly understood space issues.
Research work will be carried out at the level of both basic and applied research, in particular with regard to Science of Signature (processing information into knowledge), materials and structures dedicated to space applications as well as Space Resources (space resources as regards minerals) at the level of applied research in national and international cooperation with companies from the space sector, using mechatronic approaches.
The primary mission of the Centre is to launch a satellite and conduct Earth observation missions. We are planning to launch a Polish scientific satellite into the LEO orbit.
The Centre’s activity shall promote academic entrepreneurship by providing conditions for founding and developing spin-off and start-up companies, business mentoring, and providing research infrastructure for developing space products and technologies.
To achieve these objectives, we want to cooperate with Polish and foreign companies from the space sector.
Our involvement in the space sector is not limited to research; we are also active in the field of educating and disseminating information about space.
As regards education and promotion of space technologies, the Space Technology Centre is developing educational programmes, laboratories and practical training. They are being created by means of international collaboration, through participation in the European Universities project and in the international consortium of universities with the acronym UNIVERSEH - the European Space University for Space and Humanity.
The principal tasks of the Centre also include creating new R&D directions for companies from the space sector and conducting informational activity on the development of space technologies and on space exploration. In this regard, we participate in the European project “Beyond UNIVERSEH”.
Within the scope of its activity, the Space Technology Centre AGH UST will mainly collaborate with our partners based on the UNIVERSEH network of European Space Universities. We plan, among others, to jointly educate specialists in this field and fund foreign scholarships for students interested in space technologies. We will also support scientific and student projects in the area of space research that have already been initiated at the AGH UST. Moreover, our goal is to closely cooperate with companies from the space industry and space agencies around the world. Space engineering is for us, as a university, a development direction for the coming years, if not decades. I hope that this newly established unit will promote knowledge-based academic entrepreneurship in the space industry.
Professor Jerzy Lis, AGH UST Rector
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