SGAC Czech Republic
Welcome to the SGAC Czech Republic country page! This page will provide you a basic overview of space activities, events, organizations and interesting web links in the Czech Republic. While the Czech Republic is in the centre of Europe, we need you, university students and young professionals, to develop space activities and raise the awareness and interest of our country.
Despite the fact that the Czech Republic is a small country, the history of our space activities is quite interesting. The Interkosmos 1, launched in 1969, was the first satellite carrying instruments developed in the former Czechoslovakia. In 1978 the first Czech astronaut, Vladimir Remek, became the third nationality in space. The first Czech satellite, Magion 1, reached its orbit in the same year. After the political changes in 1989, the Czech Republic began to establish cooperation with new partners and in 2008 joined the European Space Agency.
Young Space Activities Overview in Czech Republic
Since Prague hosted the Space Generation Congress and International Astronautical Congress in September 2010, awareness of SGAC in the Czech Republic has increased and first students and young professionals became involved in SGAC activities. Pavel Paces, professor at the Czech Technical University, became the first Czech NPoC in September 2010 and Ondrej Bruna, one of his students, the second one in March 2011. In February 2014 Michal Kunes, employee of the Czech Space Office and student at the Czech Technical University, was appointed as a new NPoC. He was joined by Marketa Palenska, employee of Honeywell, in May 2015. Michal Kunes mediated signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Czech Space Office and SGAC in November 2014.
Czech universities offer study programmes focused on aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, astronomy, astrophysics, Earth observation, navigation, telecommunication and other space related areas. Students and young professionals from the Czech Republic are involved in CubeSats and CanSats development and rockets and balloons experiments. Some of the Czech companies offer internships for these young experts. Opportunities for students and young professionals to get involved in space projects or to find space jobs increase with the growth of the Czech space sector.
Czech Space Network has been established by Michal Kunes in July 2015 to bring together Czech students and young professionals with the interest in active involvement in astronautics. In the Czech Republic, the main space educational and outreach efforts are carried out by Czech Space Office. Feel free to contact Michal Kunes for more information about Czech Space Network or Czech Space Office. For more information about competitions, events and other interesting opportunities for students and young professionals, please visit website of Czech Space Network, website of Czech Space Office or Spacebook group of SGAC Czech Republic.
Country-Specific Events in 2016
- a) Czech Space Network meetings (every month, Prague): Czech Space Network organizes regular meetings for Czech students and young professionals. They have an opportunity to meet and discuss with other young people with similar interests.
- b) Kosmo Klub (every month, Prague): Kosmo Klub organizes regular seminars focused on astronautics.
- c) Odysseus Contest (September 2015 - July 2016): The ODYSSEUS II project aims to inspire young people throughout Europe to engage in space exploration through a series of educational activities. The main activity of the project is a fun-oriented educational contest (The Youth for Space Challenge) that combines scientific learning with hands-on experience.
- d) Czech Space Competition 2016 (February - April 2016): Czech Space Network, Czech Space Office, SGAC Czech Republic and their partners are preparing the second year of a paper competition. The winner will receive an award in order to attend and give a presentation at the Space Generation Congress and International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara. For more information contact Michal Kunes.
- e) Expedition Mars (April - November 2016): Expedition Mars is a Czech-Slovak competition for young people interested in space, astronomy and other scientific subjects aged 13 to 18 years. This competition is organised by Children's Press Agency (in Czech: Detska tiskova agentura) Domino, Czech Space Office and Slovak Organisation for Space Activities. Patrons are astronauts Vladimir Remek and Ivan Bella.
- f) Yuri’s Night (12 April 2016, Prague): For more information contact Michal Kunes.
- g) 13th INTEGRAL/BART Workshop (April 2016, Karlovy Vary): IBWS is a conference focused on high energy astrophysics and supporting ground-based experiments and CubeSats.
- h) Kosmos-News Party 2016 (29 April - 1 May 2016, Pardubice): KNP is series of lectures and the biggest Central European meeting of those interested in astronautics.
- i) Czech Space Day 2016 (April or May 2016, Prague): Czech Space Network, Czech Space Office and SGAC Czech Republic are preparing the second year of the Czech Space Day. Program will consist of presentations focused on experience and projects of Czech students and young professionals and also Czech and international opportunities for their involvement. For more information contact Michal Kunes.
- j) SpaceUp Prague (November 2016, Prague): Czech Space Network, Czech Space Office and SGAC Czech Republic are preparing the SpaceUp Prague. For more information contact Michal Kunes.
- k) Astronautics and rocket technology, in Czech: Kosmonautika a raketova technika (November 2016, Valasske Mezirici): It is series of lectures for professionals and general public, this event is held in the local observatory.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Czech Republic
Organizations and Groups
Czech Space Network: Czech Space Network aims to bring together Czech students and young professionals with interest in active involvement in astronautics. This group facilitates communication, sharing information on opportunities, exchanging experiences and ideas, creating own activities, collaborating on projects and regular meetings. The group also helps to connect its members with representatives of Czech companies, universities and research institutes as well as foreign and international community. The main communication channels are Google Group, monthly teleconferences and monthly personal meetings. The planned future activities include visits of Czech companies and universities active in space, organising of SpaceUp in Prague, Mars Desert Research Station mission, balloon experiments or CubeSat development.
Czech Space Office: Czech Space Office is a non-profit organization that, since its inception in 2003, has been seeking to develop space activities in the Czech Republic. The main aim is to provide the largest and the most effective involvement of Czech organizations in the Czech and international space projects, to promote and support the use of applications and benefits of space technologies and to provide training and educational events for students and young professionals. Czech Space Office organizes competitions, seminars, courses and events for students and young professionals and provides information about national and international fellowships, projects and study programmes. Czech Space Office also offers assistance with writing bachelor’s and master's thesis and introduces career opportunities in the national and international space sector.
Czech Space Portal: Czech Space Portal is an informative website of the Coordination Council of the Minister of Transport for Space Activities. It is integrated web portal for space activities of the Czech Republic and brings information dealing with outer space issues of other countries as well.
Kosmo Klub: Kosmo Klub is a civil association of space enthusiasts. The purposes are organizing meetings and informing about astronautics, helping all members in their activities, coordinating the cooperation on specific projects and providing entertainment and self-actualization for members.
Czech Astronomical Society: Czech Astronomical Society is a voluntary professional association of researchers in astronomy, amateur astronomers and those interested in astronomy from the general public. It supports development of astronomy in the Czech Republic and creates a link between the professional and amateur astronomers.
Committee on Space Research (COSPAR): COSPAR’s objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means.
Czech Space Alliance: Czech Space Alliance is an industrial association of the Czech space industry, with proven skills and track record in aerospace business and with broad international client base. Its focus is on fostering successful participation of the members in competitive international space tenders, with major emphasis on ESA.
SpaceMaster: Space Master is the joint European double degree master programme focused on space science and technology, the main objective is to combine the great diversity of space expertise at six European universities and another two universities in the USA and Japan.
Aircraft and Space Systems: Aircraft and Space Systems is oriented to educate and train specialists in the field of aeronautical and space systems and technologies, this education process also provides knowledge from related fields, such as cybernetics, robotics, measurement technologies and data acquisition and processing.
Air and Space Technology: Air and Space Technology prepares students for the needs of aircraft production and motor technologies in the aerospace industry, in construction, development and research of aerospace technology.
CzechTechSat: CzechTechSat is 1U CubeSat, it is being developed by students from the Czech Technical University in Prague and should test Fluxgate Magnetometer with Scissor-type Boom and introduce EPS reliable circuits intended for ESA/JUICE mission.
PilsenCUBE: PilsenCUBE is 1U CubeSat, it is being developed by students and professors from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and its objective is to propose the solution of reliable and energy-efficient platform for experimental research in space.
PragSAT: PragSAT is a CanSat project of the Secondary Technical School of Electrical Engineering in Prague for the 2015 European CanSat Competition.
BEXUS - Students from the Czech Technical University in Prague works on a balloon experiment for the BEXUS programme. This experiment should evaluate precision of differential altitude measurement which is intended to solve problems related to low-cost inertial measurement systems in airplanes.
Czech Space Sector
Brochure Czech space activities 2015: Every year Czech Space Office updates a brochure about space activities in the Czech Republic.
Brochure Czech space catalogue 2013: In December 2013 Czech Space Office updated its space catalogue, which lists Czech industry, universities and academia interested or even experienced in collaboration on space projects.
Information sheets about Czech space projects: Czech Space Office continuously issues and updates a set of information sheets about the Czech space projects.
Web Based Forums
Kosmonautix: It is a web based forum on astronautics.
Kosmo: It is another web based forum on astronautics.