Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences


Space Research Centre
Centrum Badań Kosmicznych
Agency overview
Formed29 September 1977
TypeSpace agency
HeadquartersWarsaw, Poland
AdministratorIwona Stanisławska
Employees180 (2010)
The main building in Warsaw (2014)

The Space Research Centre (SRC, Polish: Centrum Badań Kosmicznych) is an interdisciplinary research institute of the Polish Academy of Sciences. It was established in 1977. SRC PAS is the only institute in Poland whose activity is fully dedicated to the research of terrestrial space, the Solar System and the Earth using space technology and satellite techniques.

The SRC also acts as Poland's national space agency until the Polish Space Agency [pl]) is fully established.

Since 1977 the SRC staff developed, constructed and prepared for launch over 60 instruments and participated in the experiments in more than 50 space missions, for example: European Space Agency's Cassini–Huygens mission (investigation of Saturn and Titan), INTEGRAL (space laboratory of high energy astrophysics), Mars Express (Mars orbiter), Rosetta (mission to comet), Venus Express (Venus orbiter), Herschel Space Observatory (investigation of the coldest and most distant objects in the Universe), BepiColombo (mission to Mercury), Roscosmos's Koronas-F, Koronas-I, Koronas-Foton and Fobos-Grunt missions, and CNES' DEMETER and TARANIS missions. Space Research Centre has co-operated with the ESA since 1991. SRC has also collaborated with NASA (IBEX mission) and ISRO (Chandrayaan programme).

Organisation structure

The Space Research Centre is composed of multiple R&D facilities spread across locations in Warsaw, Wrocław, as well as Borówiec near Poznań.

Research groups

  • Solar Physics Division
  • Laboratory for Solar System Physics and Astrophysics
  • Solar System Dynamics and Planetology Laboratory
  • Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Planetary Geodesy Division
  • Earth Observation Laboratory

Engineering groups

  • Micromechanical and Photonics Laboratory
  • Electronic Constructions Laboratory
  • Space Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory
  • Laboratory of Satellite Applications of FPGA

See also

External links

  • Official website Edit this at Wikidata

Coordinates: 52°12′52″N 21°04′03″E / 52.2145°N 21.0676°E / 52.2145; 21.0676