Official Launch of the Copernicus Relays

The official launch ceremony of the Copernicus Relays and Copernicus Academy took place on June 6th 2017 at the European Parliament. The event named ‘Copernicus Goes Local – Implementig the Space Strategy for Europe’ gathered more than 300 Earth Observation actors and industry representatives from acoss Europe, including Space-SI as the Slovenain Relay Centre.

The Copernicus Relays are the regional voices of Copernicus in the individual Member States, thus creating a bridge between the EC and the end-users of Copernicus. The Academy aims to educate and release an increasing amount of Copernicus-savvy people into the workforce bringing together the educational and research sectors across the EU.


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DriDanube Kick-off Conference

Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Science and Technologies Space-SI is a DriDanube (Drought risk in Danube region) project partner. On March 16  we attended the Kick-off conference of the project partners which was held in Ljubljana.

The main outputs and expected results of the project were presented and connections with similar initiatives were sought at Danube Region, EU and global level. The event was focused on the needs and challenges for drought management in the Danube region. It aimed to serve as a forum for discussion among stakeholders from the whole region, experts working on drought, water managers, scientists and representatives of authorities.

Along the meetings and project-themed discussions the event offered a number of informal opportunities for partners to interact such as tourist tur through Ljubljana’s historical center and dinner. To the interested participants Space-SI presented its mobile ground control infrastructure for communication with a wide array of academic and commercial satellites stationed on the outskirts of Ljubljana and the multidisciplinary development lab.

More data on DriDanube project can be found on project’s web page:




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Project Remote and Close Range Sensing of Drought was rated with the highest possible number of points

The poject Remote and Close Range Sensing of Drought, submitted by Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana to the tender ”Project work with industry and public sector in the local and regional environment” was rated with the highest possible number of points. Within the project 8 students will have the opportunity to test and compare different methods of drought detection and monitoring on agricultural land. Students will be supervised by mentors from industry, academic and public sector, one of them is Žiga Kokalj from SPACE-SI.

SPACE-SI bacame Copernicus Relay Centre

SPACE-SI has been awarded by European Comission to become Copernicus Relay Centre.

As Copernicus Relay Centre SPACE-SI will play a key role by promoting Copernicus as a sustainable source of full, free, open and reliable information to meet the needs of national/regional/local public services, as well as a booster for the development of services with high commercial potential by local entrepreneurs. It will ultimately contribute to increase Copernicus awareness at the national, regional and local level.

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Start of DriDanube project

DriDanube (Drought Risk in the Danube Region) project started on 1.1.2017. Project was approved in the first call within Interreg Danube Transnational Programme, programme priority 2 – Environment and culture responsible Danube region, specific objective 2.4 – Improve preparedness for environmental risk management. Beside SPACE-SI there are 22 other project partners from 10 different countries. Lead partner is Slovenian Environmental Agency.

DriDanube aims to improve capacity of the region for drought emergency response and enhance preparedness for drought management by introducing recently developed monitoring and risk assessment tools. Following a transnational approach, DriDanube will harmonize the currently heterogeneous methodologies for risk and impact assessments, based on existing achievements in participating countries and on EU guidelines in the frame of the Civil Protection Mechanism. DriDanube aims to change mainly ad-hoc drought response to pro-active response based on risk management procedures. Cooperation among all relevant institutions will be strengthen leading to increase culture of preparedness throughout the Danube region.


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Start of MARTINA programme

MARTINA (Materials and Technologies for New Applications) programme started on 1.8.2016. Project was approved in the call for RTD programms published by Ministry of education, science and sport.

In MARTINA programme the consotium of 16 partners from Slovenia will develop a high-strength steels and aluminum alloys with the aim of achieving material properties which are essential for new applications in the automotive industry to reduce the weight of vehicles and related CO2 footprint and energy consumption during production and the use of vehicles. In the case of multicomponent materials we will take advantage of the ease of use of plastic materials and specific properties of metallic materials. With the introduction of new materials we will develop advanced manufacturing technologies and transformation, which will set new requirements for tools and tool steels. In addition to the properties of tool steels they will challenge even the correct distribution of these features in the tool and sensors, allowing control of the operating conditions of the tool. Due to the increasingly complex shapes of tools, we studied the program procedures innovative 3D printing tools. The result of the program will be prototypes of tool steels. Their properties and the suitability of 3D printing tools will be tested on tools prototypes. The result of the program will also be prototypes visokotrnostnih steel kneading and molding aluminum alloys and prototypes of new multicomponent materials with specific properties. Their properties will be tested and optimized on sample cases, components of the car ilske and electrical industry, which is the horizontal links.


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Space technologies for smart cities

Centre of Excellence Space-SI participated in the conference Information Society 2015 at Jozef Stefan Institute. At the workshop Smart cities and communities as a development opportunity for Slovenia we presented the potential of space technologies for smart cities and communities.

Satellite technologies have a huge potential to help design more sustainable cities. Combination of Earth observation imagery and crowdsourced data enables a creation of a series of data analyses and applications to support smart urban planning, climate change mitigation and to enhance the quality of life in smart cities and communities.

SPACE-SI with its micro satellite for multispectral Earth observation, ground station, multidisciplinary laboratory, satellite data processing chain and a distribution system based on web and mobile applications ensure the whole chain from the space technologies to the end user friendly data and derived information. Timely geolocated information is crucial for well-organized smart cities and communities. Our expertise is near-real-time processing of space-borne data and the extraction of the needed information from this ever-growing data source.


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European Space Expo in Ljubljana 6.-15. 3. 2015

The Expo presents key information on the European space programmes – from satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS) to Earth observation (Copernicus) in an engaging and entertaining way. Highlights include the ‘OmniGlobe‘ – an interactive hologram of the earth’s atmosphere, an impressive model of the ‘Galileo’ satellite and lots more…

The aim of the Expo is to show citizens how European space policy and space-based technologies benefit our everyday lives on earth and also of course, their importance for the European economy and job creation.

Completely FREE to the general public, record attendances have greeted the Expo throughout its tour.

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DLR visited SPACE-SI

A group of Earth observation experts from DLR visited SPACE-SI. The aim of the visit was business networking, presentation of both parties and the identification of the potential common business opportunities.