On 14-15 November 2019 in Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, took place 11th edition of a scientific conference “Development Trends in Space Propulsion Systems”. The conference was organized by the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation and the Warsaw University of Technology.
The conference was opened by Paweł Stężycki PhD Eng., Director of the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, and Colonel Marcin Górka, Vice-President of the Polish Space Agency.
In recognition of his contribution to the organization of the conference and the development of the Polish rocket technology sector, Professor Piotr Wolański was honoured.
The conference brought together many experts and scientists from Poland, the United States, Germany, Austria, Italy, Slovakia and Ukraine. During the two-day session, the latest achievements in the fields of suborbital rockets, liquid fuel rocket engines, solid fuel hybrid engines and electric drives were presented.
An important part of the conference was a debate on the development of green propellants, attended by representatives of the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation, DLR and FOTEC company.
During the conference a competition was held for the best student work. The main prize, worth 1,000 PLN, funded by the Warsaw University of Technology was handed in by the Deputy Dean, prof. Artur Rusowicz, PW.
The winner of the competition was Sousains Alexandros from the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Naustadt for his presentation titled: “Application of field Emission Electric Propulsion for the CubeSat Mission CLIMB”.
Dominik Zdybał and Wojciech Kłos from the AGH University of Science and Technology were also honoured (a presentation titled: “Application of field Emission Electric Propulsion for the CubeSat Mission CLIMB”).
This year’s edition was attended by over 100 participants, which shows that subsequent editions of the event enjoy increasing interest of the national and global space sector.
Honorary patronage over the conference was taken by: the Space and Satellite Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Polish Space Professionals Association and the Polish Space Industry Association.
Photo gallery is available at conference website.