Due to the spread of COVID-19, all activities were stopped at the CSG Space Center on Monday, March 16, 2020, including preparations for the Vega VV16 launch, which was planned for March 23, 2020. Our NEMO-HD satellite is already integrated on the rocket structure. After successful one-month preparations at the launch base in Kourou, French Guiana, only three days were missing to encapsulate the satellites and one week to launch.
The first Slovenian micro satellite NEMO-HD arrived to the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana, on Monday, 17 February 2020. NEMO-HD will be launched in the sun sinchronous orbit (SSO 500 km LTDN 10:30) on the 23rd of March 2020 .
In Kourou the package with the satellite was taken over by our colleague Ana Urbas.
Due to heavy rain in mid November some Slovenian rivers overflowed. We publish a radar image time-series of river Drava floods in the area of Zlatoličje.Radar images were taken by Sentinel-1 satellite. The benefit of radar images, unlike optical images, is the independace on weather and light conditions. Radar can see through clouds and even in the night,
The first Slovenian microsatellite is presented at the 2. trade fair for innovative digital solutions Feel the Future in Celje. You can find more about NEMO-HD on our website or you can visit us in Celje.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has picked three candidates for its next middle class space mission, including Theseus, an early universe surveyor mission that includes Slovenian scientists from the Nova Gorica University and the Vesolje-SI centre of excellence. If picked, the mission is scheduled for launch in 2032.
Theseus, an acronym for Transient High Energy Sky and Early Universe Surveyor, aims to monitor transient events in the high-energy universe such as Gamma-ray bursts across the whole sky and over the entirety of cosmic history, says ESA’s website.
It would make a complete census of gamma-ray bursts from the universe’s first billion years to help shed light on the life cycle of the first stars.
In addition, Theseus would also be able to follow up on gravitational wave observations by locating and identifying radiation from sources spotted by other detectors, adds ESA’s website.
Around 200 scientists from Europe, the US, Japan, China, Taiwan and South Africa are working on the project. From Slovenia, the Vesolje-SI centre of excellence and the Nova Gorica University participate with satellite and land communications technology development, and help with the definition of the mission with gamma-ray bursts expertise, respectively.
Theseus was picked as a potential mission of the ESA Cosmic Vision Science 2015-2025 programme. In addition to Theseus, Spica and EnVision projects have been picked as potential missions. The former is aimed at studying the origin and evolution of galaxies and the latter at studying geologic activity on Venus.
A total of 25 projects have applied for the programme, with the selected three moving forward to the next selection phase, told astrophysicist Andreja Gomboc, who works on Theseus
The final decision on which mission to launch is expected in 2021. According to Gomboc, much will depend on how well the project will be conceived technologically, on national space agencies’ backing and the costs, which cannot surpass EUR 550m for ESA.
Should it be picked, Theseus will be launched in 2032 and start collecting data in the low Earth orbit, at an altitude of about 600 kilometres.
Space-SI was actively involved in the International Conference on Space Technologies for Digital Economy in Vitanje, Slovenia. The conference held on April 19, 2018at the Centre for Space Technologies Herman Potočnik Noordung was organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology, SPIRIT Slovenia, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Slovenia and the Russian State Corporations for Space Activities, “Roscosmos” and “URSC” (United Rocket and Space Corporation).
Activities in the field of space technologies supported by digital economy contribute to sectoral policies, enable responses to social change, effectively contribute to a reasonable growth in the competitiveness of the global economy and job creation. The conference was devoted to the creation of a strong ecological system for the development of space technologies, the exchange of business practices and the increased opportunities for the further development of the “New Economy” in “New Space”.
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.
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: http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/dridanube.