Tartu Observatory took part of ESA’s CubeSat Industry Days for the first time
Last week, from June 4 to 6, the UT Tartu Observatory got to be part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) CubeSat Industry Days for the very first time. The conference took place in the Netherlands at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC).
The goal of the event was to bring together both enterprises and ESA, who work on developing cube satellites, so that they could introduce the technologies that are used for this type of satellites, and create new connections that could contribute to the development process. The event also gave an overview of the most actual topics of the field.
The observatory as well as the the Estonian Student Satellite Foundation were represented at the event. “The conference helped to make the observatory and Estonia in general more visible in the space community and create new connections with enterprises working in the field,” Mari Allik, Engineer at the UT Tartu Observatory said. She stated that the laboratories of the observatory also met potential clients who would be interested in testing their satellites here.
During the two-and-a-half-day conference, 64 presentations were made. An enterprise, GomSpace, also mentioned the observatory in their presentation: the Earth Observation Imager (EOI) for their GOMX-5 mission will be developed in our laboratories.
The CubeSat Industry Days took place for the 4th year already. Although it was the observatory’s first time at the conference, it is planned to make going to the event a tradition. “I believe that it is very important to participate in this kind of conferences, because we get to introduce ourselves and what we do to other people working in the space industry. The connections that are made at this sort of events are very important,” Allik said.