Praha lunar rover and Skoda lunar rover on display at Czech Space Week

The “New Prague” 3D printed model will be added to a series of international research projects known as the Global Moon Village Concept. The fictitious colony has housing modules that include laboratories, greenhouses, landing ramps, and solar farms. All of these are the result of conceptual research on how future space colonies will work.

Next to it is the LUNIAQ, a lunar rover for four astronauts inspired by the design of the Skoda car, but the technology is based on the concept of a real NASA spacecraft.

Both the vehicle and the village are located in the Virtuplex Hall in Prague, designed by Czech architect Tomáš Rousek, who has been focusing on designing structures for use in space for several years. Visitors to the hall can also wear VR goggles and feel what it’s like to walk on the moon.

Czech Space Week | Photo: MichaelaŘíhová, ČTK

This exhibition is part of the much wider Czech Space Week program, which has been running since Monday. In it, the general public will have the opportunity to learn more about the latest developments in space and space-related research through presentations by leading experts in the field. The event will end next Saturday with a special space film concert by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at the Faculty of Music and Dance at the Performing Arts Academy in Prague.

Apart from educational events, this year’s Czech Space Week also attracted some of Europe’s space program tycoons. Among them was the head of the Innovation and Venture Office of Frank Salzgaber of the European Space Agency.

Salzgeber talks about the work of an agency’s business incubation center in Prague, supporting aspiring Czech start-ups looking to enter the space business, using space detector technology as an art verification tool. Mentioned the Insight ART.

“It may not bring 5,000 jobs, but I think it’s like you’re leading the world in a particular region and people are looking to the city of Prague for that.”

A network of scientists was also seen during the Czech Space Week. A special conference was held at Charles University to consider how the EU’s Copernicus environmental monitoring system could be used to fulfill the union’s Green Deal promise.

Czech Space Week is organized by Czech Invest and the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with several organizations such as the European Space Education Resources Agency and the Czech Academy of Sciences. Praha lunar rover and Skoda lunar rover on display at Czech Space Week

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