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Space Research Centre, PAS


Name: Space Research Centre, PAS

Address: ul. Bartycka 18A, 00-716 Warsaw, Poland



Centrum Badań Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademii Nauk  (eng. Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences, CBK PAN), founded in 1977, is the only Polish interdisciplinary research institute with all essential activities focused on conducting research of near Earth space, Solar System bodies, the usage of space technologies and satellite techniques. One of the main goals of the CBK PAN is to link the newest scientific space discoveries with daily practical applications. The Centre creates solutions and promotes the usage of satellite systems within the national economy in such areas like: navigation, telecommunications and Earth observation. 

Disciplines: astronomy, Earth and related environmental sciences, automation, electronic and electrical engineering

Fields of activity

Five main CBK PAN research areas are:

  • physics of the Sun ,
  • study of planets and small solar system bodies,
  • interplanetary space physics and astrophysics,
  • plasma physics,
  • planetary geodesy and geodynamics

The main activities of the CBK PAN are:

  • to carry out research based on the results of satellite experiments on space physics and physical and geodynamic processes on planets and on Earth,
  • to participate in international space missions and research programs,
  • to construct space instruments and satellite components for research purposes,
  • to develop space technologies,
  • to use satellite techniques for terrestrial applications related to telecommunications, navigation and Earth observation,
  • to support the development of the Polish space industry through education, knowledge and technology transfer,
  • to educate doctoral postgraduates and cooperate with universities,
  • to promote space activities in Poland and worldwide


Latest achievements:

CBK PAN has constructed over 70 instruments sent into space on board of various satellites and interplanetary probes including Solar Orbiter, Chang'E-4, InSight, Herschel, Koronas-Foton, Rosetta, Mars Express and Cassini-Huygens. The first Polish scientific satellites – ‘Lem’ and ‘Heweliusz’ – were also developed at CBK PAN. Currently, the instruments for the upcoming prestigious space missions are being constructed, including experiments for European Space Agency (JUICE, ARIEL, Comet Interceptor and ATHENA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (IMAP). Research conducted in our institute results in many publications. Only last year our employees published over 120 publications in the areas of space physics plasma physics, physical geodetic studies of solar system bodies and earth, space mechatronics and Earth observations. The CBK creates applications useful for the society, such as a detailed map of land cover, and numerous services (amongst others GNSS observatory,  GSA’s EGNOS, Satellite laser ranging observations, Crisis Information Centre, Heliogeophysical Prediction Centre)


 Research facilities: 

  • Photonics & Micromechanics Laboratory,
  • Electronic Constructions Laboratory,
  • Space Mechatronics and Robotics Laboratory and Dynamics Laboratory of Satellite Manipulators in Zielona Góra,
  • Laboratory of Satellite Applications of FPGA,
  • Borowiec Astrogeodynamic Observatory and the Geodynamic Observatory in Książ

Contact person: 

Professor Jolanta Nastula
Deputy Director for Scientific Affiars
(+48 22) 496 63 14