SGAC Czech Republic
|National Points of Contact|
Feb 2014-Feb 2016
Mar 2011-Mar 2015
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 the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic hosted the 9th Space Generation Congress and the 61st International Astronautical Congress in September and October 2010. Pavel Paces, teacher at the Czech Technical University, and Ondrej Bruna, one of his students, helped with the Space Generation Congress organization. Awareness of SGAC in the Czech Republic increased and first students and young professionals got involved in SGAC activities. Pavel Paces became the first Czech NPoC in September 2010 and Ondrej Bruna the second one in March 2011. In February 2014 Michal Kunes, student of the Czech Technical University and employee of Czech Space Office, was appointed as new NPoC. The SGAC Czech Republic mediated signature of the Memorandum of Understanding between Czech Space Office and SGAC in November 2014. The main aim of the SGAC Czech Republic is to support creation of national community of students and young professionals interested in space activities and to connect this national community with the international one. The SGAC Czech Republic also inform about opportunities, competitions, events and other interesting activities for students and young professionals, please see website of Czech Space Office and Spacebook group SGAC Czech Republic.
In the Czech Republic, the main space educational and outreach efforts are carried out by
Universities conduct their own activities related to space in areas including mechanical and electrical engineering, nanotechnology, astronomy, astrophysics, Earth observation, medicine, architecture etc. The Czech Technical University in Prague offers three study programmes directly focused on astronautics (Space Master, Aircraft and Space Systems and Air and Space Technology). Czech students are also involved in development of CubeSats (CzechTechSat, PilsenCUBE) and CanSats (PragSAT). 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 offer internships for these young experts.
Country Specific Events in 2015
- Kosmo Klub (every last Wednesday of the month, Prague): Kosmo Klub organizes regular seminars focused on astronautics.
- ITU Symposium and Workshop on small satellite regulation and communication systems (2-4 March 2015): The Symposium will provide a unique opportunity to meet and share views with the World's leading experts from administrations, ITU-R sector members, academia, research institutes, satellite operators, industry and launchers who will provide the latest information on their plans, experience and case studies for the development of small satellite networks and distributed earth station networks.
- 12th INTEGRAL/BART Workshop (20-24 April 2015, Karlovy Vary): IBWS 2015 is 12th in the series of successful workshops dedicated to high energy astrophysics and supporting ground-based experiments (e.g. robotic telescopes). The workshop will also include Small satellite day with the objective to bring together scientific experimenters and payload providers with the small satellite designers and realizers.
- Kosmos-News Party 2015 (24-26 April 2015, Pardubice): It is series of lectures and the biggest Central European meeting of those interested in astronautics.
- Astronautics and rocket technology, in Czech: Kosmonautika a raketova technika (27-29 November 2015, Valasske Mezirici): It is series of lectures for professionals and general public, this event is held in the local observatory.
CzechTechSat is being developed by students from
Small Satellite Platform is used for teaching at the
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, 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 Portal: Czech Space Portal is informative website 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. 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.
Expedition Mars is a unique international Czech-Slovak
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 2014: 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
PragSAT is a CanSat project of the Secondary Technical School of Electrical Engineering in Prague. (Credit: PragSAT)