The Economic Committee and Subcommittee for Innovation in Aeronautics and Space of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic granted on 16 March 2018 the Honourable Mention to Ing. Vladimír Dániel, Ph.D. and his team for the successful implementation of the Czech nanosatellite project VZLUSAT-1.
The VZLUSAT-1 nanosatellite was developed on the basis of a standardized CubeSat 2U platform in the Czech Aerospace Research Centre (VZLU) in cooperation with Czech companies and universities. The satellite carries three experiments on board. Miniaturized X-ray telescope developed by the joint efforts of Rigaku Innovative Technologies Europe, HVM PLASMA and the Institute of Technical and Experimental Physics of the Czech Technical University in Prague. A new type of composite material for space radiation shielding has been developed by the company 5M together with the TTS company, special sensors were provided by Innovative Sensor Technology. The control of the satellite by a terrestrial radio station is provided by the Department of Applied Electronics and Telecommunications of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen (UWB). The FIPEX instrument for measuring oxygen concentration in the thermosphere was provided in the framework of the international mission QB50, which is based on the consistency of nanosatellites from different countries around the world.
In addition to the own resources of the co-operating partners, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic participated in the financing of the development and launching of the satellite within the framework of the Alfa program (projects TA03011329 and TA04011295), and the Ministry of Industry and Trade through the institutional funding of VZLU.
On June 23, 2017, the two-kilogram Czech nanosatellite VZLUSAT-1 was transported to the Earth's orbit using the PSLV-C38 rocket launched from Indian space spaceport at Sri Charikota Island. Now the nanosatellite circulates on a polar track at an altitude of 505 km with an orbital velocity of 7610 m/s.