January 2024

The CEO of the HSC at the UN COPUOS 

On Tuesday, January 30th, the CEO of the Hellenic Space Center, Dr Nick Sergis, delivered a National Declaration in the context of the participation of the Greek delegation in the works of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) of the United Nations. The COPUOS sessions are hosted in Vienna, Austria, between January 29th and February 9th, 2024. COPUOS works on encouraging and facilitating international cooperation on the peaceful uses of space services and products, as well as on considering legal issues arising from space exploration. 

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Visit of ESA delegation at the HSC 

On Tuesday, January 30th, the Hellenic Space Center welcomed Prof. Carole Mundell, Director of Science of the European Space Agency (ESA), and a team of distinguished colleagues from ESA. The meeting was jointly organized by the Ministry of Digital Governance and the HSC and was hosted at the HSC premises. The meeting provided the opportunity to hear and discuss about the activities and plans within the ESA Science Program and a more effective participation of Greek entities. Participants: 

From ESA: 

  • Carole Mundell, ESA Director of Science 
  • Rolf de Groot, Head of the Science Coordination Office for Relations with Member States at ESA  
  • Ulrike Bohlmann, Head of Section in the Director General’s Cabinet 
  • Frederic Safa, Head of the Future Missions Department, D/SCI 

From the Ministry of Digital Governance:  

  • Konstantinos Karantzalos, General Secretary of Telecommunications and Post, Head of Greek Delegation to ESA  
  • Argyro Kagia, Head of the Department of Satellite Services and Infrastructure, Delegate of Greece to ESA for the Earth Observation Programme Board (PB-EO) 
  • Erythra Zisi, Deputy Head of Department of 5G Wireless Communications, Delegate of Greece to ESA for the Science Programme Committee (SPC) 

From the Hellenic Space Center:  

  • Ioannis Daglis, President of the HSC, Professor of Space Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens  
  • Anezina Solomonidou, HSC Science Officer for Space Sciences and Space Exploration – Delegate of Greece to ESA for the Human Spaceflight, Microgravity and Exploration Programme Board (PB-HME) 
  • Dimitris Mylonas, HSC Science Officer for Space Systems  

From the Hellenic Astronomical Society (Hel.A.S):  

  • Vassilis Charmandaris, President of Hel.A.S, Director of the Institute of Astrophysics at FORTH, Director of Skinakas Observatory 
  • Georgios Balasis, Vice-President of Hel.A.S, Research Director of the Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing (IAASARS) at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

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Open International Invitation to Tender for the development of an EO satellite cluster

The Ministry of Digital Governance implements the National Program of Small Satellites, announcing an Open International Invitation to Tender through the European Space Agency, with a budget of 60 million euros, for the development of an Earth Observation satellite cluster. The Invitation to Tender is part of the revised Microsatellite Program, and the deadline for bids is March 5, 2024.

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Public talk by the HSC President at Livadia

On Sunday, January 21, the President of the HSC, Prof. Ioannis Daglis, gave a public lecture on “The exploration and understanding of Space with spacecraft observations” in Livadia, Greece. The lecture is part of the series “Traveling through our solar system”, organised by the Public Central Library of Livadia, the Directorate of Secondary Education of Boeotia and the Friends of the Livadia Library cultural association, with free admission, and under the coordination of Prof. Loukas Vlachos. The recording of the talk is available on YouTube (in greek).

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The HSC at IEEE IGARRS 2024 for Sessions on “Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies” and “Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System”

The Hellenic Space Center is organizing two dynamic sessions at the upcoming IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS) in Athens, Greece, from July 7-12, 2024. Session CCS.41, titled “Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies through Diverse Funding Mechanisms”, promises to be a hub of innovative ideas and groundbreaking developments, while session CCS.43, titled “Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System”, promises to showcase exciting results and new methods on remote sensing data analysis for solar system studies.

CCS.41
Financing the Future: Fostering Innovation in Space Technologies through Diverse Funding Mechanisms

In this rapidly evolving space sector, understanding and leveraging diverse funding mechanisms is crucial. This session aims to unravel the complex web of financing options available to space innovators. We will bring together a wide array of stakeholders – from Space Agencies and leading industry firms to prominent research institutes – to share their insights and experiences.

CCS.43
Geology and Geophysics across the Solar System

Our session welcomes studies focused on the surfaces and subsurfaces of inner and outer solar system bodies such as planets, moons, and asteroids based but not limited on analyses of various remote sensing data. Interdisciplinary and comparative studies of terrestrial volcanic/tectonic systems with a strong remote sensing component are encouraged, as well as studies on terrestrial analogues that help understanding the working mechanisms of outer space bodies and vice versa.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: January 5th, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 15th, 2024
  • Accepted Paper Registration Deadline: May 30th, 2024
  • IGARSS 2024 Conference: July 7th – 12th, 2024

Submit your abstract and be a part of this groundbreaking session. Let’s shape the future of space exploration and innovation together!

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