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Smart and robust optical instruments for space industry.
Smart and robust optical instruments for Space industry.

Projects and missions

Our space experience.
“Space is for everybody. It's not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That's our new frontier out there, and it's everybody's business to know about space” - Christa Mcauliffe

STAR VIBE – Small Telescope for Advanced Reconnaissance | Vision Inspection Boom Experiment

This is our first demonstration mission, which goal primarily is to verify the performance of two optical payloads: an EO telescope and a system for auto-inspection of satellites. The mission preparation began in June 2021, and the mission launch is scheduled for October 2022 aboard SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. Our optical payload will be launched aboard a CubeSat 6U satellite designed and developed by our partners, German Orbital Systems.

Project goals

Testing in space conditions (LEO)
• Earth Observation Telescope, recording the visible spectrum (VIS) STAR (Small Telescope for Advanced Reconnaissance) Earth
• System for self-inspection and self-diagnosis of satellites VIBE (Vision Inspection Boom Experiment)

Project effects

• Technology demonstrator on LEO
• validation of the technology
• raising the TRL to 9

Time horizon



German Orbital Systems  
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"We must still think of ourselves as pioneers to understand the importance of space" - Buzz Aldrin

PIAST - Polish ImAging SaTellites

In 2021, we became part of a consortium creating a project for the precursor of a Polish Earth observation satellite constellation. In cooperation with the Military University of Technology, Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Science, Lukasiewicz Institute of Aviation, Creotech Instruments S.A. and PCO S.A. within the program SZAFIR we started working on the creation of Polish dual- use satellites. In the project, we are responsible for the optical payload – 2 of 3 high-resolution Earth Observation telescopes that will provide information to support Polish defense and government.

Project goals

Creation of a precursor of a Polish satellite constellation for imaging reconnaissance at resolutions below 5 m per pixel. The key point of the project is to manufacture all major components in Poland, including - a high-resolution optical telescope.

Efekty projektu

• in-house designed dedicated optics
• athermal design of the telescope structure
• resolution of 5 m/px
• small size
• no ITAR (export restrictions)
• resistant to space conditions

Time horizon



WAT, CBK PAN, Łukasiewicz - Instytut lotnictwa, Creotech Instruments S.A., PCO S.A.
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"I see Earth! It is so beautiful!" - Yuri Gagarin

EagleEye - Earth Observation microsatellite

Step into the New Space with confidence! In 2020 we became part of the team creating the largest Polish Earth Observation satellite. We are responsible for the optical payload – the largest observation telescope fully designed and constructed in Poland, characterized by unique technical parameters. The project is implemented in according with the Space 4.0 philosophy and ESA methodology with the support of external experts. The launch of the satellite is scheduled for 2023.

Project goals

Develop an observation payload that will enable imaging in the VIS and NIR spectral bands with a GSD resolutions of 1 m in the VIS.

Project effects

• in-house designed dedicated optics
• spatial resolution of 1 m in VIS from 350 km SSO orbit
• athermal design of telescope structure
• scalable
• use of state-of-the-art materials
• use of COST and ITAR-FREE elements
• possibility to integrate other sensors (e.g. rulers), which can also operate at other wavelengths (e.g. SWIR)

Time horizon



Creotech Instruments S.A., CBK PAN
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"We are limited only by our imagination and our will to act" - Ron Garan

ScanSAT - nanosatellite prototype for Earth Observation

In 2017 we started a research project to build a prototype of a CubeSat nanosatellite for Earth observation with a proprietary optical system “made by Scanway”. One of the milestones of this project was the signing of a letter of intent with German Orbital systems, assuming the recognition of the possibility of launching the nanosatellite to the orbit of the Moon.

Project goals

• development of an Earth observation telescope dedicated to a CubeSat type standard
• integration of the telescope with the nanosatellite and functional testing at high TRL

Project results

• Earth observation satellite telescope
• in-house designed dedicated optics
• imaging resolutions <4 m/px from orbit at 500 km altitude (world’s best performance in this class of satellites) tested and proven in company laboratory
• athermal design and the telescope structure
• available in multi and hyperspectral variants
• possible to integrate with laser telecommunication system
• scalable design
• ready for integration into 6U CubeSat type nanosatellites, after scaling also 3U

Time horizon

2017 - 2020


German Orbital System, NCBiR
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"It's difficult to say what is possible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow" - Robert Goddart

DREAM - Drilling Experiment for Asteroid Mining

Każdy musi od czegoś zacząć. My zaczęliśmy naszą kosmiczną przygodę od pracy przy projekcie DREAM.

Był on realizowany przez Politechnikę Wrocławską w ramach programu REXUS/BEXUS (Rocket/Ballon EXperiments for University Students) organizowanego przez Europejską Agencję Kosmiczną we współpracy ze Szwedzką Krajową Radą ds. Przestrzeni Kosmicznej (SNSB) i Niemiecką Agencją Kosmiczną.

To właśnie ten projekt utwierdził nas w przekonanu, że chcemy pracować w branży kosmicznej.

Cele projektu

Zbadanie procesu wiercenia w warunkach mikrograwitacji i próżni panującej w przestrzeni kosmicznej. Co istotne, cały proces wiercenia odbywał się w warunkach kosmicznych (z reguły w przestrzenii kosmicznej pobiera się próbki, które analizuje się w laboratorium).

Efekty projektu

• opracowanie autorskiego systemu wykonywania odwiertu
• stworzenie komory pomiarowej i systemu obserwacji przebiegu eksperymentu
• analiza wpływu geometrii wiertła na rozkład przestrzenny generowanych zwiercin
• zagregowanie kompletu danych i sukces misji

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"It's difficult to say what is possible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow"

- Robert Goddart

SOP – Scanway’s Optical Payload

A product line of high-resolution telescopes for Earth Observation. Telescopes of this line are designed in very specific way to be integrated with small satellites, both nanosatellites and microsatellites.

Scanway’s Optical Payload is available in different configurations. Depending on user’s needs it can consist of different spectrum bands detectors (VIS, NIR, SWIR) and be characterized by a different imaging resolution.

In-house designed optics is dedicated to work in hard space terms and conditions, such as low temperatures, radiation, UV and vacuum. Is it possible because of using specific materials and technologies, developed for space industry. Due to the novel design approach, telescopes are designed in a way to be athermal while being very light at the same time.

Optical parts of payload are also integrated with in-house designed electronics, which not only is a front-end for sensor, but can also store images and provide capabilities for image processing, even with AI algorithms due to the use of FPGA modules.

Technical specification

• modular design allowing scalability (from nano- to microsatellites)
• optics and telescope type allowing to adapt results (spatial resolution, image quality parameters e.g. MTF) to application needs 
• wide spectral window of optics 
• possibility of integration with any sensors (including multisensor systems): RGB, mono, NIR, linear, multi- and hyperspectral 
• athermal telescope structure 
• design of the telescope made according to Space 4.0 philosophy
• possibility to integrate star sensors into one structure with the telescope in order to reduce the impact of AOCS on both systems 
• telescope shutter safety systems 
• possibility to integrate telecommunication solutions into optical path of imaging sensors
• use of COTS and ITAR-free elements 
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"It's difficult to say what is possible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow"

- Robert Goddart

SHS – Satellite Health Scanner

SHS – Satellite Health Scanner is an integrated system designed for satellite self-diagnostics. The main advantage of this payload is the ability to control the state of satellite during the whole launch.

Satellite Health Scanner is available in different configurations. Depending on user’s needs it can be consist of cameras, variety of detectors (temperature, UV, radiation, etc.), data processing and transmission modules.

One of the most important elements of SHS is a camera placed on a mechanical arm that unfolds after the satellite reaches its target orbit. Camera view angle allows to observe satellite modules such as a telescope, solar panels, or a mechanical structure and to take high-quality pictures of the satellite and then analyze them using vision algorithms to detect changes in structure.

SHS design is based on the advanced hybrid solution. It is combining cutting edge technology based on machine learning and artificial intelligence with well-known and safe mathematical approach. By combining both areas, we can reach for the best results while keeping proven accuracy and safeness in the environment where it matters the most.

Technical specification

• functional modules to enable multiple applications
• thermographic cameras and sensors to identify overheating components
• boom cameras to diagnose external structures, solar panels and breakdown mechanisms
• situational cameras
• radiation dose detection modules
• data processing on board and transmission to Earth
• potential ability to operate in independent communication channel and independent power supply mode
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