SGAC Austria

National Points of Contact
 Julia Heuritsch Reinhard Tlustos
Julia Heuritsch
Aug 2013-Aug 2015
Reinhard Tlustos
Aug 2013-Aug 2015
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In addition to hosting the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the meetings of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS), Austria is very proud to host the the SGAC headquarters in Vienna. The main objective of the SGAC in Austria is to reach students and young professionals to inspire Austria’s next space generation!  Over the past several years, Austria has established various space related organisations, including creating national space related science projects and collaborating on various international projects. These activities are contributing to an increased awareness of space and space related work in Austria.

Young Space Activities Overview in Austria

Aouda Space Suit and Phileas Rover
Aouda and Phileas
(c)OEWF Paul Santek

Space related organisations and activities in Austria are aimed at drawing in young people to increase their interest in space and space related industries. The SGAC Austria participates in this effort by serving as a networking base for a number of national groups and associations.  They are also in a unique position because of their proximity to the United Nations centre in Vienna, which handles all of the space work of the UN. The Kuffner Observatory is one of the institutions active in these efforts to increase space awareness by providing young people the opportunity to attend lectures and other space-related activities on a regular basis. Other highly motivated groups include the Austrian International Space University Alumni (AISUA) Association and the Vienna Institute of Technology.  These organizations often work in conjunction with the SGAC and most recently, the Vienna Institute of Technologya offered a course on "architecture in space".  Additionally, the Austrian Space Forum (abbreviated OEWF in German), a national network for space professionals and enthusiasts, has a long standing history of cooperation with the SGAC on a variety of activities. For many years the OEWF and the SGAC have collaborated closely to develop space projects, giving young Austrians the chance to become an active participant in the space community. This partnership serves as an educational tool as well as a test bed for a wide array of scientific applications, including their most recent project, involving development of a rover and space suit for exploration of a Martian environment.

Country-Specific Events in 2014

  • UNOOSA: Scientific and Technical Subcommittee, 51st Session, Vienna, (10 - 21 February): SGAC has permanent observer status and is always invited to participate in both Subcommittees. If you are interested in experiencing the UN in action contact us - for joining either of the Subcommittee sessions.
  • UNOOSA: Legal Subcommittee, 53rd session, Vienna, (24 March - 4 April)
  • UNOOSA: Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, 57th session, Vienna, (11 - 20 June): SGAC members worldwide who will be in Vienna at this time are invited to attend. There is a strict RSVP and it cannot be cancelled, so if you are certain to be there and would like to attend, please contact SGAC and they can have your name put on the UN attendance list.
  • Summer School Alpbach 2014, Alpbach 15-24 July 2014 / This year's topic: Space Missions for Geophysics of the Terrestrial Planets. The purpose of the Summer School is to foster the practical application of knowledge derived from lectures, to develop organisational and team-work skills and to encourage creativity. Teams will compete to design the best project, judged by an independent jury. The teams themselves are responsible for the selection of the subject of the project and for the team structure and working methods.
  • SpaceUp Vienna - 12. April 2014 - Vienna Technical Museum: SpaceUp is a space unconference, where participants decide the topics, schedule, and structure of the event. Unconferences have been held about technology, science, transit, and even cupcakes, but this is the first one focused on space exploration.
    Yuri's Night will be celebrated in a seperate event at the same location (everybody is welcome, talks mostly in german). Direct link to Registration:

Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Austria

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