A Polish consortium will design a mission to map the Moon, thanks to which in the future it will be possible to extract and process resources - minerals and natural raw materials. Precise data will be provided by a satellite based on the Polish Hypersat platform.
It is almost twice the size and fifteen times the mass of the Earth. It orbits its star in just 35 hours in a very tight orbit, causing its surface temperature to exceed one thousand degrees Celsius. The planet was discovered by the astronomers from Toruń, the Nicolaus Copernicus University reports.
The preliminary list of experiments to be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS) includes 18 proposals submitted by Polish universities, institutions and companies. This is an opportunity for unique research in microgravity conditions, although there is no guarantee that all of them will be carried out as part of the Polish astronaut Sławosz Uznański mission in 2024.
ARIEL, the next-gen mission of the European Space Agency (ESA), has successfully passed the Preliminary Design Review. The launch of the mission, which aims to observe the chemical composition of distant extrasolar planets, is scheduled for 2029. The Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences is preparing one of the key instruments of the telescope.
Green, high-performance, hypergolic (capable of self-ignition when mixed) propellants have been the Holy Grail of space propulsion for decades. In recent months, engineers and scientists from Łukasiewicz - Institute of Aviation have successfully completed a number of tests leading to solving this challenge, the representatives of the institute report.