Space

Space

VZLU is one of the pioneers of space research in Czechia. VZLU develops special instruments and equipment designed for space experiments and provides a wide range of work for this specific area. Space related activities are also provided by VZLU´s subsidiaries SERENUM and VZLU TEST (in the frame of VZLU Group).

Since 2003, VZLU has been engaged in the development and production of a new generation of precision microaccelerometers for measuring very small accelerations in the cosmos. These precision devices allow measuring the effect of non-gravitational forces on the orbit of satellites and permitting rectification of the dynamic models of the Earth´s thermosphere. In close cooperation with EADS Astrium, VZLU became a supplier of microaccelerometers for the ESA SWARM project. The SWARM mission was geared to explore the Earth's geomagnetic field with the help of three satellites located in polar orbit at altitudes 400-550 km. The prototype of the device was already verified as part of the Russian satellite Tatiana 2, which was launched in the orbit by Soyuz rocket carrier in 2009. This was the most significant project of Czech aerospace in the previous decade.

VZLU also collaborates on projects for the European Space Agency ESA. In the period 2011-2020 the VZLU Group, together with other Czech companies and research institutes, participates in a number of ESA R&D projects. Namely it concerns the space missions EUCLIDE, JUICE, FLPP-VTI, PROBA-3, VEGA and ARIANE 6.

A relatively large media attention was paid to the VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellite, which was developed on the basis of a standardized CubeSat 2U (20x10x10cm) platform in the VZLU in cooperation with other Czech companies and universities. On June 23, 2017, this 2kg nanosatellite was launched in orbit by the Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - PSLV-C38. VZLUSAT-1 now circles a 505-km-long polar race at an orbital velocity of 7610 m/s and performs several research assignments.  Besides the private funding of VZLU and cooperating industrial partners, the development and launch of the satellite was funded by the Czech Republic´s Technology Agency under the Alfa program (projects TA03011329 and TA04011295), by the Ministry of Industry and Trade through the institutional support of VZLU and by the European Commission in the Framework project QB50.

VZLU provides a wide range of professional services that support the development of devices intended for use in space. Main engineering services provided for this sector are stress analysis, thermodynamic simulation, thermal analysis, reliability analysis, design and development of electronic systems, development of specialty composite structures for use in space, etc. The development work also includes some type of qualification tests with a focus on mechanical and climatic resilience, specialized tests in a thermovacuum chamber, etc. The workplace has clean rooms (classes 100,000), which are necessary for the development of the devices used in space.

VZLU also provides consulting services in the field of Project Management and Product Assurance within the range of ECSS standards used by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Space related activities in VZLU Group