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.

More on Copernicus Relay Centres:

http://www.copernicus.eu/news/copernicus-family-growing

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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Martin Lamut during his presentation.

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.

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Panel of experts of Space Technologies

Organized by the Slovenian Environment Agency (SEA) and the Slovenian Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies Space-SI (CE Space-SI) the panel of experts Presentation of space technologies and programs was held on 9.12.2013 at the SEA.

Convened by Mr Klemen Bergant (Director of Meteorological office, SEA), the panel of experts comprised distinguish guests from several EU organizations (Mrs Roya Ayazi – NEREUS Secretariat, Mrs Teodora Secara – EURISY, Mr Silvo Žlebir – European Commission), Slovenian governmental institutions (Mr Ivan Skubic – Ministry of Education, Science and Sport), and members of Slovenian research and development organizations (Mr Tomaž Rodič , Mr Krištof Oštir – both CE Space-SI, Mr Jože Rakovec – University of Ljubljana, Mrs Mateja Iršič Žibert – SEA). Participants discussed recent achievements of development of space technologies (ST) in Slovenia, the possibilities and current implementation of ST in meteorology and environmental monitoring. Some space and environmental EU programs were also discussed as an opportunity for collaboration of Slovenian research institutions and development organizations. The panel stressed that significant results in development of ST were obtained, yet these results could be upgraded through some EU space and environmental programs. In this way, the access to the products of ST would be easier for end users in Slovenia. Space technology and its products in environmental monitoring and decision making would contribute to regional economy, farming, traffic and transport, preservation of natural environment, etc.

Dr. Andreja Gomboc has published a paper in Nature magazine

Dr. Andreja Gomboc has in collaboration with astrophysicists from United Kingdom, Slovenia and Italy co-authored a paper “Highly polarized light from stable ordered magnetic fields in GRB 120308A” published in Nature. In the paper they report on the detection of highly polarized optical afterglow of the gamma ray burst GRB 120308A, supporting the existence of a globally ordered magnetic field in these powerfull explosions.

More: NASA News and Portal v vesolje.