RNDr. Jiří Svoboda, Ph.D.

Astronomical Institute of the CAS


  • To increase the involvement and co-operation between institutes of the CAS in the space research
  • To bring new knowledge about the Earth ionosphere and magnetosphere, the Sun, the Solar System and distant Universe based on space observations
  • To share the experience achieved during the development of scientific instruments for space explorations
  • To strengthen connections between the CAS and industry
  • To inform the public about the exploration of near and distant Universe, popularise space research in relation to the society

Participating CAS Institutes
Astronomical Institute
Institute of Atmospheric Physics
Institute of Plasma Physics
Nuclear Physics Institute
J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry
Institute of Microbiology
Institute of Thermomechanics
Institute of Physics
Institute of Geophysics
Institute of Scientific Instruments
Institute of Botany

Potential future participants
Institute of Psychology

Cooperating Institutes
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Masaryk University Brno, FJFI Czech Technical University, FEL Czech Technical University, Technical University of Liberec, Silesian University Opava, ESERO, european space education resource office

This programme aims to strengthen the cooperation between the scientific community and the technical teams in development and testing of new technologies for space research. This includes especially the spacecraft instruments for direct exploration of space surroundings around the Earth, exploration of the Sun and planets in the Solar System, and astronomical observations, which are the key elements for deeper understanding of the physical nature of matter. The focus is also given to the transfer of achieved technologies to applied physics and support of related industrial innovations. The topics of the programme include the involvement in the large X-ray observatory Athena, the mission to the icy moons of the Jupiter (JUICE), measurements on the Moon surface, preparation of the X-ray polarimetry mission XIPE, the project of the European space mission to the Sun (Solar Orbiter), the development of high-technology opto-mechanical systems for satellites, and space research of lightning in the upper layers of the Earth atmosphere.


Website of the programme