Creotech Instruments from Poland signed EUR 400k contract with OHB Systems AG to engineer a satellite capable of docking and receiving fuel from another satellite orbiting Earth. OHB leads international consortium that realises this innovative project for the European Space Agency (ESA). In the beginning of 2024 Creotech started designing 60 kg satellite based on its original platform named HyperSat. The design will be ready in 5 months, after which Creotech will construct the satellite to be launched in the second half of 2026 as the key element of this space mission. Fuelling in orbit is an element of ESA’s programme Future Space Transportation Systems intended to develop logistics for manoeuvres and services among satellites, like cargo transport. Creotech’s project is likely to extend duration of future space missions.
HyperSat is the first satellite platform developed in Poland exclusively by Polish engineers. It is composed of modules that enable scalable production of satellites weighing from 10 to a few dozen kilos for variable purposes, like imaging, telecommunication and navigation. It will be also used in other Polish missions EagleEye and PIAST, as well as in national and European defence projects. In July 2023 Polish government made a strategic decision to increase Poland’s contribution to ESA budget by additional EUR 295m from 2023 to 2025.
“The fuelling satellite will be designed by Berlin Space Technology GmbH and the whole system will be designed by OHB Systems AG, the biggest and most renowned German company specialising in space technologies and systems. Our cooperation will contribute to valuable exchange of knowledge and increase of Creotech’s recognition in the European market, which is in line with our desire to become EU leading supplier of micro-satellite technologies.” said Grzegorz Brona Ph.D., Creotech President.