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June 27, 2013   
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In The Polish Science Voice, we regularly highlight a variety of innovative projects undertaken by Polish researchers together with industrial partners. Many of these projects develop into full-fledged businesses and produce results that eventually find their way onto both the domestic and international market. In this issue, Prof. Marek Orkisz, rector of the Rzeszów University of Technology in southeastern Poland, talks about his university’s involvement in research into micro air vehicles—tiny unmanned aircraft, or drones, without a human pilot on board and which can be used for a host of both military and civilian applications. Specifically, Orkisz talks about two research projects undertaken in Rzeszów: one involving a micro air vehicle referred to as a “flying research platform” and the other focusing on on-board equipment for such a vehicle.

While Orkisz deals with aircraft, brothers Piotr and Wojciech Kot, based in the northeastern town of Olecko, deal with watercraft. They are the owners of Delphia Yachts, the largest builder of luxury sailboats in Poland. They are innovative in what they do because they use a method—based on the so-called vacuum infusion process—that makes it possible to increase the strength of the hulls and decks of their boats. The method has been developed as part of a zl.2.8 million project co-financed by Poland’s National Center for Research and Development and coordinated by Paweł Masianis, head of Delphia Yachts’ design department. A year ago, Delphia Yachts built a prototype of the first Polish ocean-going yacht based on vacuum infusion technology in collaboration with a Gdańsk-based ship design and research center. The vacuum infusion process makes it possible to build sailboats that are lightweight yet extremely strong and therefore safer.

This has proved a winning combination, with customers around the world keen to buy the company’s yachts.
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