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The data of Czech Space Office (CSO) show that in early 2010 there were 14 contracts signed between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Czech workplaces because of incentive program for Czech industry. The research leader for five of them, which were recommended, is the Czech Technical University or Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and for the eleven ones are the private companies.
Current topics of climate change and the use of space technology for environmental monitoring will be few of the main topics of the forthcoming International Astronautical Congress (IAC), which after more than 30 years will take place in Prague at the end of September and which will welcome over 2000 world top scientists. The largest national space agencies like NASA, JAXA and Roskosmos will be also present at the event.
Czech Republic hosted under its presidency of the European Union, the first conference of piloted exploration of the Solar System, which outputs will help to prepare a uniformed position of Europe in this area. Czech Space Office at the conference provided professional support in negotiations of Education Minister Miroslava Kopicová.
On Monday, 12 October 2009, 60th International Astronautical Congress started in Daejong, South Korea, and it is going to go on up the end of the week. The world’s biggest congress targeted on cosmonautics is attended by over 3000 representatives of space agencies, science institutions and industry. The Czech Republic as the next host of the congress is being represented by the Czech Space Office (CSO).
Czech Space Office announced that within the first call for submitting the project designs within the Incentive programme for Czech workplaces Czech companies, universities and research institutions submitted overall 54 projects. The whole budget, the workplaces are running for, is two and a half million EUR.
This year, the competition called European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is going to commemorate its fifth year. One can submit there any possible idea, system solution or a prototype, which employs satellite navigation systems. In the Czech Republic, ESNC is organized by Czech Space Office (CSO) and the funding is provided by the local Ministry of Transport.
Aerospace Research and Test Establishment (VZLÚ, a. s.) has concluded a contract with a company “EADS Astrium” to create one testing and three fully flight-capable pieces of microaccelerometers for a ESA’s scientific mission called Swarm. It is the first big equipment-supply contract of a Czech firm for the ESA probes. Apart from the VZLÚ, other fourteen Czech organizations are going to take part.