Situated on the doorstep of Rudolfinum Hall in Prague’s Jan Palach Square, the European Space Expo proved to be a big hit during its stop in the Golden City from June 7 – 15.
With both the European Space Expo and the European Space Solutions Conference happening simultaneously, space had a very large presence in Prague during the month of June. Located in picturesque Jan Palach Square, the Space Expo’s interactive touch screen exhibits and unique visual design attracted over 30,000 visitors, including more than 300 students from 18 different area schools. More so, it was here in Prague that the 450,000th visitor to the European Space Expo was welcomed.
Speaking during the Expo’s opening, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides joined Prague 1 Mayor Oldrich Lomecky, Czech Deputy Minister of Transport Karel Dobeš and Jan Michal, head of the European Commission delegation. According to des Dorides: “Now is the time to get together and focus on how European GNSS can be used in practice to meet the objectives presented during the European Space Solutions conference this week.”
“Hosting both the European Space Expo and the European Space Solutions Conference in Prague is further testament that the Czech Republic has positioned itself as a key player in Europe’s space sector,” said Dobeš.
“The key message here is that Galileo is becoming a reality, with Early Services coming very soon,” confirmed the European Commission. “The innovation showcased at this expo gives the European citizen – the end user – a unique opportunity to see what satellite technology is capable of.”
Throughout the week various informative sessions were held on such topics as Galileo, space and security, weather forecasting and the latest in space research.
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The European Space Expo is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at illustrating the services and applications derived from such European space programs as Galileo and EGNOS in a fun, interactive and accessible way. The Expo focuses on showing how space and its applications provide benefits to Europe’s citizen and highlights the critical role played by the European Union in space and space-based technologies.
The exhibition, whose futuristic dome has been traveling around Europe for several years, is open and free to the public. To date, over 440470,000 people have visited the expo, this proves the huge interest of European citizens for European Space programmes.
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