Slovenia from Space

A project Slovenia from Space has been launched at The Centre of Excellence SPACE-SI. We have invited the Slovenian secondary schools to deal with environmentally oriented topics in local area with Space based solutions. The objective of the project is to introduce space topics to the general public and to highlight Slovenian effort for the integration into international research of space sciences and technologies as well.

More about project.

Poster represented at the Small Satellites Systems and Services – The 4S Symposium in Portorož from July 4 to 8, 2012.


Bobri na Muri.

Searching for beavers on the banks of the Mura river

The aim of this research was to find the beaver dam. Due to their inaccessibility, remote sensing has been used for their determination. Beavers can be found on the basis of specific characteristic of their living environment.


Understanding, predicting and managing windthrow

The aim of our research was to present the major windthrow that occured on the 13th of July, 2008 and damaged mountain pass Črnivec. Specifically, we examined the damaged forest areas with the use of remote sensing data, effects of planned and preventive reforesting as well as the reconstruction of buildings and roads.

Analiza tal na osnovi NDVI.

Land suitability analysis by using vegetation index

The Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is used to analyse remote sensing measurements. It shows the activity of a chlorophyll, which is directly connected with growth and development of a plant, and soil fertility. For this reason, our hypothesis predicted a connection between soil fertility/suitability and the NDVI index.


Analysis of alloys for the manufacture of the satellite body

The company Impol d.o.o., located in Slovenska Bistrica, which produces satellite castings, has the ambition of creating the best possible alloy (with all required properties) for the satellite operation. Their work has been studied by a group of students.

Lidarski model reliefa z označenimi strukturami iz 1. svet. vojne

The hill Der and its past

The research paper presents the hill Der, which had a supporting role during World War I. Its relief was examined and found that is, despite its simplicity, something special. A great help to us was the LIDAR based digital terrrain model.

Android v vesolju.

An application for comparing two satellite images

A group of students decided to write an application using the Java Programming Language, which would compare two satellite images and show differences in a new perspective. It actually does so by indicating patches in shades of red in the new image. We have clearly succeeded in doing so.

Opazovanje ladij in naftnih izlitij.

Identification of Polluters in the Adriatic Sea

Spills at sea are a common occurrence in today’s shipping lanes. Oceans and seas are choked with fully laden ships, causing a tremendous impact on the fragile marine life and ecosystem. The biggest concern for life on and under the seas is oil pollution, which is becoming a big problem. This is an occurrence that usually happens on accident; however, there are deliberate polluters out there as well.

Razlika parcel na različnih bregovih reke Mure.

Comparison of lot sizes and shapes on the opposite banks of the Mura river

There is a considerable difference of lot sizes and shapes on the Mura river banks. The reason for this are natural factors, influence of people and the differences in farming. The aim of this research is to numerically define the differences of lot characteristics, such as area and elongation. For calculating this values, two specific areas have been analized.

Golosek za smučišče Rogla.

Clear-cuts and urbanization change detection by image comparison

The research focused on the urbanization growth in Slovenska Bistrica during the period from 1991 to 2011. It also searched for the clear-cuts in the Pohorje mountains. Both were done by use of the image comparison method of Landsat images. Some of our findings were also checked and confirmed by means of identification in the natural environment, using photographic evidence.


Spacecraft Attitude Control and Stabilization

Our research project presents two ways to control and stabilize satellites. We developed two models of satellites that are suspended in a magnetic field. In the first model we used a reaction wheel and in the second a pair of gyros (SGCMG).


Vič goes to space - making of atmospheric probe

The goal of the project was to make an atmospheric probe and equip it with different sensors, living micro organisms, a parachute and a helium baloon, and two high resolution cameras. The probe was lifted to an altitude of 32 km; during the ascent some of the data was transmitted via the GSM signal, and the rest was collected after the fall.


Space weather and visibility of aurora borealis from Slovenia

Aurora borealis is a common phenomenon in high latitude (Arctic and Antarctic) regions. When particular conditions are fulfilled it can be also observed at lower latitudes, as in Slovenia. In our research we obtained threshold values for aurora to be seen at our latitudes and tried to determine what is the frequency of auroras in Slovenia.