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Are you a scientist or a technical graduate and looking for an internship in a company operating in the space industry or want to develop in this direction? Apply to our programmes.


ESA BIC (European Space Agency Business Incubation Centers) is a network of business incubation centres coordinated and co-financed by the European Space Agency, offering assistance in creating a business plan, setting up a company and obtaining additional funding from both public and private sources.


Such a centre also exists in Poland. Its objective is to support start-ups using space technologies and the development of the Polish space technology sector. IDA JSC, as a consortium leader, plans to inaugurate ESA BIC POLAND in the second quarter of 2021.

Under ESA BIC POLAND three regional consortia will be established: in Warsaw, Krakow and Rzeszow. The leaders of the individual components of the project are the following entities:

  • Industrial Development Agency JSC as the ESA BIC POLAND leader,
  • Technological Entrepreneurship Foundation - leader of the Regional Consortium in Warsaw,
  • Krakowski Part Technologiczny Sp. z o.o. - leader of the Regional Consortium in Kraków,
  • Podkarpackie Voivodeship - leader of Regional Consortium in Rzeszów.


The basis of the incubation process in each of these cities is to provide financial, technical, business support, promotion and access to training and potential investors. A start-up incubated under ESA BIC POLAND will acquire:

  • EUR 50 thousand of investment,
  • 50 hours of business support,
  • 80 hours of technical support,
  • 10 hours of legal support,
  • access to offices and technical infrastructure for the duration of the incubation,
  • access to the European network of ESA BIC incubation centres,
  • promotion of the project on the international arena.

The objective of ESA BIC POLAND will be to support the creation of companies and commercialization of the resulting technologies. The incubation centre will provide start-ups with personalized assistance in setting up the company and developing a professional business plan. Furthermore, the Incubation Centre together with ESA BIC POLAND will provide advisory services towards raising additional funds from public and private sources.

Circle in the background
Circle in the background


In addition to on-site support, incubated companies can request technical assistance from ESA. To ensure quick access to technical support, ESA has introduced an e-mail box where requests and queries can be sent for direct support from ESA.

The goal of ESA BIC POLAND is to start 45 incubation processes within the first 5 years of start-up.

IDA Space Academy

IDA Space Academy is a training dedicated to engineers who want to start working in the space sector, as well as technical staff with experience in other industries and who want to retrain for the space industry.

The trainings provide theoretical and practical basis in various fields of engineering science, with emphasis on the specificity of space engineering. As part of the Space Academy, IDA JSC organises a two-part training course Introduction to Space for Engineers.



First part of the training Satellite design phases 0/A/B is organized in cooperation with Warsaw University of Technology and dedicated to engineers without experience in space sector. The course consists of five weekend sessions, every fortnight.

The training lasts a total of 92 hours.

It is the first element of a two-stage training providing full knowledge of satellite design and integration. The course introduces basic information about the space environment and details the methods of designing individual satellite systems in phases defined by ECSS (European Cooperation for Space Standardization) - a European organisation defining standards for space engineering.

The cost of the course is 2365 PLN net.

The cost of subsequent training courses may be subject to change, depending on the date and form (stationary or remote).



Second part of the training Satellite design phases C/D, organised in cooperation with the Military University of Technology, is dedicated to engineers who have little or medium experience in space sector.

The course has a practical character and covers in detail the process of design, manufacture, assembly and testing of satellite subsystems (phases C/D). The training is based on two phases: C (detailed design) and D (manufacturing, assembly and testing). The training programme has been arranged so that the trainee is introduced to the issues gradually and methodically, therefore the knowledge and experience in space and satellite area, although helpful, are not required from course participants.

The course is conducted in Polish, while the training materials are prepared in English. The duration of the whole course is 82 hours, the majority of classes is conducted by experts from the Space Research Centre (60 hours), while the remaining classes are conducted by representatives of industry (10 hours), Military University of Technology (8 hours) and Polish Academy of Sciences (4 hours).

Classes are held in weekend mode every fortnight. All classes except study visits are conducted in the Institute of Optoelectronics of the Military University of Technology (IOE WAT), while On-site Visits, related to practical aspects, respectively in the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Military University of Technology, Creotech Instruments S.A., VIGO System and the Institute of Plasma Physics and Laser Microsynthesis.

The cost of the course is 3300 PLN net.

The cost of subsequent training courses may be subject to change, depending on the date and form (stationary or remote).


Development of human resources for the space sector

The six-month paid internship programme "Development of Human Resources for Space Sector" is the first programme of this kind organized in Poland and one of only three in Europe.

IDA JSC implements it in cooperation with the Space Sector Employers Association. The programme is addressed to young scientists and graduates of technical subjects such as: automation and robotics, electronics, telecommunications, electrical engineering, technical physics, computer science, materials engineering, aviation, aerospace, mechatronics, mechanics and machine construction or astronomy.

The program is created on the basis of an internship competition, and the winners are invited to a six-month paid form of practical knowledge acquisition at the internship host.

The IDA S.A. covers from 20% to 50% of the trainees' remuneration costs. The main objective of the internship programme is to educate staff of the space sector, develop careers of young scientists and support knowledge transfer between universities and companies from the space sector.