Leading Czech suppliers have made their mark on numerous space projects, including new-generation meteorological missions, telecommunication platforms, a new European air-traffic control system and technologies for drones and probes intended for missions to the sun and Jupiter. The greatest success and benefits arising from the Czech Republic’s decade of membership in the European Space Agency (ESA) were presented at a conference of the same name that took place at Prague’s Congress Centre on 13 November 2018.
More than forty firms are currently involved in ESA space projects, along with 22 Czech research institutes and universities. Dozens of other firms serve as subcontractors. The value added of works carried out in the Czech Republic is growing year by year. This involves, for example, preparation of composite components for booster rockets, production of condensers and optical crystals. Czech firms are also working on the development of satellite applications especially for satellite navigation and Earth observation, which are finding uses in transportation, agriculture, environmental monitoring, the energy industry, smart cities and in other sectors.
The ESA BIC Prague space incubator, ESERO education centre and ESA Technology Transfer Broker, which is a centre for transferring space technologies into terrestrial applications, presented their activities at the conference. The conference was part of Czech Space Week, by means of which CzechInvest and the Ministry of Transportation, together with other partners, want to familiarise the expert and general public with space activities and their benefits for the development of industry, science, business and everyday life.
More information is available in the attached press release.