The European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director has been awarded the Karel Kramar Medal by the Czech Prime Minister. The honour is awarded as a token of gratitude for demonstrable service in the Czech Republic.
The honour was awarded to the GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides in a ceremony held at on January 8 at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In a tweet following the award ceremony, the Czech Prime Minister said: “I awarded the Karel Kramar honour to the GSA Director Mr Carlo des Dorides, who was responsible for moving the Galileo navigation system to Prague in 2012.”
“Space systems have huge potential and the GSA headquarters in the Czech Republic offers many opportunities for our entrepreneurs,” the Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.
Accepting the award, des Dorides thanked the Prime Minister for the great honour bestowed on him and outlined the history of the GSA in the Czech Capital. “When the GSA came to Prague on September 2012 it was a small agency with many plans and hopes and Galileo was a system on paper only,” he said.
“We can now safely say that a lot has changed in these 7 years. The GSA has grown to more than 5 times its original size and is now sitting at the table with the main space agencies in Europe; 26 satellites have been launched and Galileo is operational with more than 1 billion users world-wide,” des Dorides said.
In his speech, the GSA Executive Director also looked to the future and the evolution of the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “The Czech Republic is now positioning itself, more and more, at the centre of a ‘space renaissance’ with high potential ahead,” he said.
“My best wish is that EUSPA will be for the Czech Republic not only a nice jewel but will really become the engine of a new course for the Czech entrepreneurial sector, which uses space as a driver for innovation,” he said, adding: “When I look at the number of new companies belonging to the space ecosystem that are looking at establishing here in the Czech Republic, I think you have already started to move in this direction.”
The Karel Kramar Honour was crafted to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the first Czechoslovak government and was named after the first Czechoslovak Prime Minister, Karel Kramar.
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