The Kraków agency and its community of observatories defending planet Earth from asteroids
Sharing our photo voltaic system with billions of asteroids and comets, a Polish agency is holding its eyes on the skies in case any of them begin heading in direction of Earth.
Based in 2016, the Kraków firm known as 6Roads now has 9 observatories on six continents and is at present developing one other in Australia.
Medical physician and co-founder Michał Żołnowski informed TFN: “Greater than 800,000 particles have been detected in area.
“Whereas lots of them get burned, the bulk stay a risk.
“We need to be a instrument to bettering our planet’s defence mechanisms, to futuristically keep away from such catastrophies like 67 million years in the past when one meteorite worn out the dinosaurs.”
Included amongst their shoppers are the largest nationwide and worldwide area companies on the earth, corresponding to NASA, ESA, CNES and POLSA, however it’s the non-public area business sector that generates the corporate’s six to seven determine revenues.
Michał stated that non-public house owners of satellites “can save thousands and thousands of euros by not having to ship a gas powered rocket to research every time an object is noticed.
For Michał and enterprise associate Marcin Gędek, their mission to avoid wasting the planet from asteroids started in 2012.
Assembly on-line whereas making an attempt to promote and purchase a few of their private semi-professional instruments for watching the sky, their shared ardour for astrology and astrophotography immediately linked them.
Already having their very own non-public observatories, Michal’s within the hills of Northern Italy and within the yard of his home in Kraków, and Marcin’s in his yard in Oborniki and one other in Spain, simply two years later they began to construct a joint observatory in Chile.
In 2015, from their ‘Polonia’ observatory in Chile they discovered a comet which additionally they named ‘Polonia’ and the invention received them essentially the most prestigious prize for novice area explorers, the Edgar Wilson Prize.
Their lifelong ardour grew to become a enterprise alternative after they discovered that planetary defence was nonetheless a distinct segment space within the rising area market.
At this time, their community of observatories supplies “full sky protection” with House Situational Consciousness of the area setting, together with location and performance of area objects and area climate phenomena.
Listed on the Polish House Company’s web site, their agency is acknowledged for his or her core options like Companies & purposes primarily based on information from navigation satellites, or Companies & purposes primarily based on satellites telecommunication.
Though Michał and Marcin primarily work remotely, because of their unique software program supported by Elon Musk’s Starlink, they’ve 9 professionals who’re primarily astronomy college students who develop their sensible information by the lenses of telescopes.
Their mission of defending the planet relies on reporting and maintaining a tally of the objects in orbit so if crucial the related authorities will be alerted and take motion.