The third day of the Congress began with the extension of range of our promotional materials by American company XCOR Aerospace and it continued with the visit of several university booths and start-up companies focused on building small satellites and presenting a joint poster with colleagues from Kosmonauta.net.
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Our Tuesday's programme consisted of, in addition to traditional presentation at the booth, participation in the plenary session of the commercial human space flight, of which exchange of different points of view of several space industry leaders took place. A great experience was the early evening Highlight Lecture with Professor Bibring presentation of the first scientific results of the ESA Rosetta probe and preparations for the November landing of its module of Philae.
The first day of the Congress, we put together our booth and greeted the first visitors. In contrast to the experience of previous years, the attendance was noticeably smaller, but we hope that the interest in the exhibition will increase during the Congress. In our showcase, this year with the largest number of exhibits, there are product samples from nine of Czech organizations like private companies, Academia and universities.
UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space adopted the conclusions of an international workshop on human space flight and Solar System exploration. CSO presented the status of relevant research in the Czech Republic and participated in the formulation of recommendations of the working group on research in microgravity conditions.
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.
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.