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Airbus Defence and Space’s 2009 Space Student Awards

  • Airbus Defence and Space sponsors the first Polish space research “call for ideas”


Paris, January 26th, 2010 - Airbus Defence and Space has successfully worked with Polish space institutes since 2004, supporting the development of the country’s space sector through joint studies, PhDs and workshops. In 2009, as Europe’s leading space technology company, Airbus Defence and Space decided to sponsor the best PhD and postdoctoral proposals from Polish students on innovative space projects.

This year, the chosen students will be offered the chance to travel to Kourou, in French Guyana, to participate in an Ariane launch along with a delegation of Polish VIP’s. Airbus Defence and Space specialists will help in training and guiding the students throughout their studies, working in close cooperation with their academic tutors in Poland.

The awards ceremony for the chosen students will take place on February 1st, 2010 at 18:00 at the Villa Foksal restaurant, ul.Foksal 3/5, in the presence of the Polish Minister of Science, Members of the Polish Parliament and the President of the Polish Academy of Sciences, General Inspector for Environment Protection, French Attaché of Science and Research and high-ranked Polish public administration staff and prominent scientific community members.

The prizes will be awarded by Airbus Defence and Space’s Chief Technical Officer, Robert Lainé.


Background information:

Six students submitted a technical proposal on an innovative solution related to space technologies or applications.


All of the proposals were eligible are being evaluated by Airbus Defence and Space and several Polish Professors.


- PhD candidates (currently at master level)

- Mr. Lukasz Boruc

- Mr. Rafal Burek  

- Mr. Kamil Glebowicz

- Mr. Rafał Graczyk

- Miss. Agnieszka Kwiek


- Postdoctoral candidate

     - Mr Marcin Stolarski        


After 30 years of participation in space missions, particularly science focused, in cooperation with several space agencies such as the European Space Agency (ESA), NASA (USA), CNES (France), Russian and Swedish space administrations and many space industries including Airbus Defence and Space, Poland is preparing to become a full member of the European Space Agency (ESA). To achieve this goal, Poland joined a special cooperation programme of ESA, named PECS (ESA Plan for European Cooperating States) two years ago and two sets of PECS projects have already been selected by ESA.


Poland has a large number of highly educated scientists and engineers and benefits from top class universities and research laboratories. In addition, Airbus Defence and Space, the space division of AIRBUS Group and its founding companies have, since the early years of the space era, worked closely with European partners in developing a variety of telecommunications, science, Earth observation, climate and meteorological space programmes for instance.


Airbus Defence and Space welcomes closer cooperation with Poland and through sponsoring the best space-related PhD and postdoctoral research, aims to support the country in its scientific and space engineering objectives, raise awareness for space science and innovation and encourage outstanding students.


Airbus Defence and Space, a wholly owned subsidiary of AIRBUS Group, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Airbus Defence and Space had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Airbus Defence and Space for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Airbus Defence and Space for spacecraft and ground segment and Airbus Defence and Space for the development and delivery of satellite services.


AIRBUS Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, AIRBUS Group generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.


Press contacts:

Astrid EMERIT (Airbus Defence and Space)                                                                      Tel.: 33 (0) 1 77 75 80 93


Anna BADURSKA (Polspace Ltd)                                                          Tel.: 48 (0) 22 840 01 98

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