Czech Space Office has returned from the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Beijing and has had an intense week filled with meetings, promotion of Czech space and activities arising from membership in the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), in which the Director of the Czech Space Office holds the position of vice president.
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ESA finalized the selection of the scientific hardware for JUICE probe with an objective of detailed planetary research of Jupiter and its moons. The probe will carry on-board 11 scientific instruments with co-developments provided also by Czech researchers. JUICE is going to start its journey in 2022 and is expected to reach Jupiter by 2030.
The Czech Republic passed first four years of membership at the European Space Agency. Based on the Analysis provided by Czech Space Office, it becomes clear that this period was successful and the public funding for the Czech involvement in optional programmes should double at next Ministerial Council.
Czech high school students joined the final part of 2nd European competition CanSat, which took place in the Andoya Rocket Range in Norway. The goal of competing teams was to develop and test their own satellite, fitting into a can of drink. The competition is co-organized by the ESA and the Czech team was provided by CSO.
Today at 14:16 CET Sojuz TMA-03M lifted off from the Russian cosmodrom Bajkonur to the international Space Station with the flight engineer, Andre Kuipers onboard. His and the whole crew’s main task will be to perform a set of scientific experiments including the DOSIS-3D with a Czech participation.