Adriatic Space Conference

From a 10cm cube to a space ecosystem – Slovakia’s space story

Adriatic Space Association and the Ruđer Bošković Institute, University of Zadar, Faculty of Science, the University of Zagreb, and the University of Algebra, at the Ruđer Bošković Institute, and under the auspices of the Croatian Academy of Engineering, held the Adriatic Space Conference on May 12-13 2022.

The conference’s topic – Artificial Intelligence follows the trends in the development of artificial intelligence in space, where top experts from Croatia and Europe spoke. Also, the sponsors of the conference were the Zagreb Tourist Board, the University of Zadar, and Visage Technologies.

The Adriatic Aerospace Association is closely working with individuals from top experts to students, companies, and scientific institutions, directly or indirectly linked to space science and technology. The activities of the A3 extend in several directions, and one of the main ones is international cooperation, especially regional. This conference was aimed at this type of cooperation, to bring together experts, companies, and scientific institutions on a topic related to space technology and space development.

My lecture was focused on Slovakia’s success story. I provided a historical overview of the development of space technology and space science in Slovakia from the early 60-70 years, the results achieved, and especially the current success of Spacemanic development of satellite technology. I made the first announcement of the A3 and Spacemanic’s joint project, to build the first Croatian satellite that should be launched in 2023. The satellite is called CroCube and measures 10 x 10 x 10 cm.

The lecture can be found here:

CubeSatellites - lecture

Lecture on CubeSatellites

Taking my passion – Space – to the next level, I’ve recently had the opportunity to hold a lecture about small satellites, more precisely – CubeSats.

These satellites although small, are very powerful and are now taking over the new space industry.

My first lecture took place in Rijeka, as part of “The Month of Astronautics”, hosted by Croatian Astronautical and Rocket Association in Astronomical Center Rijeka on November 20, 2020.

Amidst the coronavirus situation, the visitors got the opportunity to watch the lecture livestreamed on the Facebook channel. A few brave ones did come personally and complemented my lecture with some interesting question.

The event was accompanied by a photo exhibition on Rijeka’s famous street – Korzo.

korzo month of astronautics

A month later, on December 15th, I was given the opportunity to hold the lecture again, this time remotely for an online stream of “IT Community Rijeka” hosted by Rene Brakus.

The stream was simultaneously running on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

The recording can be found here:

A day later I’ve been sent a link to an article summarizing my lecture, which came as a nice surprise.

If you can read Croatian, you can give it a try:

Now, on to some new adventures!

We are star stuff which has taken its destiny into its own hands.
Carl Sagan

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