On Friday, November 16th and Saturday, November 17th, the headquarters of the GSA space agency in Prague will open its door to the public. The event will offer exciting seminars, space workshops, competitions, quizzes, a program for schools, and other fun educational activities. Visitors of all ages will learn more about space, the European Union and satellite navigation.
This year is exceptional for the Czech astronautics as it was declared a Czech cosmic year under the official name “Czech Space Year 2018”. This is the occasion for various events, one of them being the GSA Open Day.
What is GSA?
The European GNSS* Supervisory Authority (GSA) is the only European Union agency dealing with space activities. It was founded in 2004 and since September 2012 resides in the Czech Republic, where 149 people from 22 countries work.
During the weekend, you will have the opportunity to learn more about what the European Union is doing in the field of space and satellite navigation, what is the role of GSA, and how satellite navigation affects our lives.
Rich Event Program
The program is truly diverse. For example, you will have the chance to experience the Galileo’s (GALILEO - European Global Navigation Satellite System) journey from its launching on a Kourou missile in French Guiana to the commissioning and the operations of services that are used by citizens and businesses around the world.
You could also build your own satellite and align it with the real satellite, or to experience through virtual reality and with help of Galileo a helicopter rescue from the sea or the top of the mountain. You can also try a quiz and win a souvenir.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to view the universe in different ways, for example artistically by drawing on a phone using Galileo satellites and the Painted Earth phone app.
Prominent Lectures
Equally interesting are the diverse and inspiring lectures on space and satellite navigation, led by Czech experts and experts from the GSA. GSA employees will also be ready to answer your questions throughout the event.
And do not forget to take a selfie out in space, a photo that no one else has!
GSA Open Days
Janovského 2, Prague 7
November 16, 2018 from 9:00 AM
November 17, 2018 from 10:00 AM
Free Admission
Friday workshops are reserved only for registered schools.
For more information and a detailed program visit www.gsa.europa.eu/opend
* Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)