SGAC Czech Republic

National Points of Contact
Czech Republic
Michal Kunes Ondrej Bruna
Michal Kunes
Feb 2014-Feb 2016
Ondrej Bruna
Mar 2011-Mar 2015
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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. 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 the Czech Republic

In the Czech Republic, the main space educational and outreach efforts are carried out by Czech Space Office. The main aim is to inspire, motivate and encourage young people to study disciplines related to astronautics, space technologies and space science. CSO organizes competitions (e.g. Expedition Mars), seminars, courses and events for students and young professionals and provides information about national or international fellowships, projects and study programmes. CSO also offers assistance with writing bachelor’s and master's thesis and introduces career opportunities in the national or international space sector. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , the Czech NPoC, works at Czech Space Office, feel free to contact him for more information.

Universities carry their own space research in areas including mechanical and electrical engineering, nanotechnology, astronomy, astrophysics, Earth observation, medicine etc. The Czech Technical University in Prague offers three study programmes or fields directly focused on astronautics:

  • Space Master is the joint European 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 is orientated 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 their processing.
  • 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.

Czech students are also involved in the development of CubeSats and CanSats:

  • CzechTechSat is 1U CubeSat, it is being developed by students from the Czech Technical University in Prague and it should test Fluxgate Magnetometer with Scissor-type Boom and introduce EPS reliable circuits intended for ESA/JUICE mission.
  • 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 is a CanSat project of the Secondary Technical School of Electrical Engineering in Prague for the 2014 European CanSat Competition.

The 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. Some of the Czech companies offering internships for these young experts.

Country Specific Events in 2014

  • Kosmo Klub (every last Thursday of the month, Prague): Kosmo Klub organizes regular seminars focused on astronautics.
  • Yuri’s Night (12 April 2014, Prague): For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • 2014 PEGASUS-AIAA Student Conference (23-25 April 2014, Prague):  Czech Technical University in Prague organizes this conference for PEGASUS students to present technical papers in public competition and to give the students an opportunity to practice the presentation of technical work at meetings.
  • Kosmos-News Party 2014 (25-27 April 2014, Pardubice): It is series of lectures and the biggest Central European meeting of those interested in astronautics.
  • European Space Expo (7-15 June 2014, Prague): European Space Expo is a 300 m2 travelling interactive public exhibition showcasing the many ways that the European Space Programme, and its flagship projects for satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS) and Earth monitoring (Copernicus), are improving life on Earth.
  • European Space Solutions (11-13 June 2014, Prague): European Space Solutions will bring together business and the public-sector with users and developers of space-based solutions to explore how space can make a difference to the lives, and livelihoods, of people across Europe and around the globe.
  • Astronautics and rocket technology, in Czech: Kosmonautika a raketova technika (28-30 November 2014, Valasske Mezirici): It is series of lectures for the professionals and the general public, this event is held in the local observatory.

 

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CzechTechSat is being developed by students from
the Czech Technical University in Prague.
(Credit: CzechTechSat)

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Small Satellite Platform is used for teaching at the
Czech Technical University in Prague.
(Credit: Czech Technical University)

Interesting Web Links for the Young
Generation in the Czech Republic

Organizations and Groups

Czech Space Office: Czech Space Office is a non-profit organization that, since its inception in 2003, 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 Portal: Czech Space Portal is informative pages of 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. CAS supports the 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.

Education

SpaceMaster: Space Master is the joint European 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 orientated 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 their 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.

Current Projects

 

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Expedition Mars is a unique international Czech-Slovak
competition for young people interested in
aerospace, astronomy and other scientific fields.
(Credit: Czech Space Office)

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 2014 European CanSat Competition.

Czech Space Sector

Brochure Czech space activities 2013: 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.

Kosmos-News Party is the biggest Central
European meeting of those interested in astronautics.
(Credit: Kosmos-News Party)

PragSAT is a CanSat project of the Secondary Technical School of Electrical Engineering in Prague. (Credit: PragSAT)

 

 


  

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