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Space year 2013

Czech astronautics made big achievements linked to two important projects. Modified detectors Timepix are going to be lifted off in April on ESA Proba-V. In the early summer time, three Swarm satellites are expected to be put onto their orbits.


In the project GRAVARC at the Large Diameter Centrifuge at ESA ESTEC team of two PhD students investigated the behaviour of gliding arc discharge in carbon containing atmosphere in conditions of hypergravity as well as the properties of the solid products prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition in discharge plasma channel.

Participation in ESA projects

13th December 2012, Czech Space Office organizes a seminar December on Participation in ESA projects. The seminar is intended for workplaces with no or little experience with projects of the European Space Agency. Its contents are basic information about ESA and current opportunities for involvement in its activities.

The new IAF vicepresident

Czech astronautics earned another extraordinary success. Director of the Czech Space Office, Jan Kolar, became a vice-president of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF). During his two-years at IAF he will focus on topics related to small countries and finance.

CSO on IAC in Naples

The 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) will begin 1st October in Naples, Italy. The results of Czech space activities will be presented at the congress by the Czech Space Office that have its own exposure.

Radiation research on ISS

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.


Students from the Department of Surface and Plasma Science at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University created a platform for stratospheric balloon flight BEXUS hybrid radiation detectors Medipix2 and Timepix. The project was implemented with the support of the team Medipix Institute of Experimental and Applied Physics CTU in Prague.

Micro-accelerometers completed

Czech R&D specialists from the Aerospace Research and Test Establishment (VZLU) in Prague completed the very last piece of flight model of micro-accelerometer –special measurement device for ESA SWARM mission. Accelerometers will be moved to Germany for integration into satellites at EADS Astrium premises.

17 new ESA projects

The European Space Agency recommended 17 out of 63 Czech projects, in the frame of the 2nd call of the Czech Industry Incentive Scheme (CIIS). Companies, research institutions and universities from the Czech Republic will join research projects from space research and applications development.


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