Ukraine to give Poland access to its telescopes

Ukraine and Poland continue to strengthen cooperation in the space sphere. Scientists from POLSA will be able to conduct observations using the national telescope system of our country.

Ukraine and Poland signed an agreement. Source: POLSA

Ukraine and Poland signed a “space” agreement

On July 15, the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) signed an agreement with the National Center for Control and Testing of Space Assets (NCCTSA) of Ukraine. According to it, scientists from this organization will have the opportunity to spend hundreds of hours of sky observation on Ukrainian telescopes by the end of 2022.

The contract was signed by the director of POLSA, Professor Grzegorz Wrochna and the head of the NCCTSA, Volodymyr Prysyazhny. The meeting was also attended by the head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine Volodymyr Taftai.

The agreement deals with telescopes of the national network of Space Situation Monitoring Analysis System (SSMAS). The agreement is a continuation of the long-term cooperation between the two countries in the field of space exploration. Ukraine and Poland are parties to the Artemis Accords. But these relations, as well as Ukraine’s aspirations to become part of the European Space Community, have been especially intensified now that Russia is conducting a large-scale aggression against Ukraine.

What is NCCTSA

The National Center for Control and Testing of Space Assets is an institution that is subordinate to the State Space Agency of Ukraine. It carries out spacecraft flight control, deep space exploration using various technical means, as well as monitoring of outer space. It is also engaged in testing spacecraft, like the Ukrainian satellites of the Sich series.

The center has several optical and radio telescopes at its disposal, which are primarily used for monitoring near-Earth space. They can be used, for example, to detect asteroids approaching the Earth.

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