Poland joins Artemis Accords. POLSA and NASA agreement in Dubai

The agreement was reached during the 72nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in the United Arab Emirates. They were signed by representatives of the Polish Space Agency (POLSA) and the United States National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA) – in the person of the President of POLSA, Professor Grzegorz Wrochna, and Pamela A. Melroy, acting as NASA’s deputy administrator. “Poland’s accession to Artemis Accords is another important step in developing the potential of the Polish space sector in the international arena” – commented the head of POLSA on signing the document.

Artemis Accords is an international agreement that defines the framework for cooperation in the civil exploration and peaceful use of the Moon, Mars and other celestial bodies. The cooperation on its principles is in line with POLSA’s assumptions about building engineering and scientific cooperation between Poland and the United States. “Artemis Accords opens the possibility for Polish institutions and enterprises to participate in the Artemis Program conducted by NASA, concerning the return of people to the moon and the expansion of space exploration” – indicates the announcement of the Polish Space Agency.

Thus, Poland joined a dozen or so other countries that had previously entered into cooperation under the Artemis Accords principles. These countries are: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Ukraine, the UAE and the United Kingdom (all signatories to Artemis Accords).

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The provisions of Artemis Accords refer to the United Nations’ Outer Space Treaty of 1967 and the major UN Conventions, which form the basis of international space law.

The President of the Polish Space Agency noted that Polish companies and institutions have been successfully cooperating for years, incl. from NASA, ESA, DLR JAXA and CNSA. “Only in the last 40 years, more than 80 instruments designed and constructed by Polish scientists and engineers have been used in various international space missions” – emphasized President Wrochna. “On the other hand, a decade of participation in the European Space Agency has resulted in a dynamic development of the Polish space sector, in which more than 350 Polish enterprises are already operating” – he recalled.

The next step in building Polish-American relations is to be the Framework Agreement on Space Cooperation between the Republic of Poland and the USA. As indicated, work is currently underway on it.

Source: Polish Space Agency