Our vision is to create a National Aviation and Space Centre. In SPACE, we strive to create a complex of internal and external workplaces covering the following core activities:
- development support (design and calculations) mechanical parts and specific on-board,
- equipment of satellites,
- testing services for space community (development, acceptance and qualification testing) according to ECSS standards (as an ESA Space certified test laboratory),
- activities as a system integrator (mission provider) of small satellites (up to 200 kg),
- administrative and expert support for national government bodies.
VZLU is prepared to commence the pilot space projects in cooperation with other entities. For projects it is possible to use the existing platforms of the VZLUSAT series, the next goal is the development of a flexible concept for small satellites, which would include a high share of 3D printing. The long-term involvement of VZLU in ESA programs is another source of experience for realizing our vision, see here.
The basis for building of such a centre could also be the ongoing long-term cooperation of VZLU with several universities and institutes of Academy of Sciences with the link to the business sphere. VZLU has the prerequisite to become a coordinator of such a space centre for development of small satellites, while providing a number of development work itself, owns integration of satellites and their payloads and functional verification and testing of satellite systems and subsystems.
An example of the successful operation of such a "virtual" centre was the launch of the VZLUSAT1 satellite into cosmos in June 2017. To achieve this goal, VZLU cooperation with universities, Academy of Science and commercial companies was essential. Preparation of nanosatellite has been ongoing continuously since 2011. The nanosatellite VZLUSAT1, in addition to its primary scientific mission, served also for experimental verification of commercial products and technologies in Earth´s orbit. Beside own resources of the participants, the whole initiative was financially supported by the ALFA TAČR program as well as the VZLU´s institutional funding from Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Namely the following project called VZLUSAT1 - "Experimental verification of space products and technologies on nanosatellite VZLUSAT-1" (with support of TAČR, no. TA03011329) in cooperation with commercial partners 5M, Innovative Sensor Technology and TTS. The second part is project X-ray called "Wide System for X-ray imaging detector Timepix" (no. TA04011295). Cooperating partners are Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe, Czech Technical University in Prague, HVM PLASMA and the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen.
Josef Kašpar, Chairman of the Board, VZLÚ
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