July 15, 2024
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Space Café Podcast #110: The Silent Majority: Slovakia's Space Ambitions Among Non-Launching Nations

Guest: Michal Brichta, director of the industrial branch of the Slovak Space Organisation

In this episode (#110) of the Space Cafe Podcast, Markus discusses Slovakia's space ambitions with Michal Brichta. They talk about Slovakia's role in the global space community, the importance of non-traditional space players, and the challenges and opportunities facing smaller nations in the space industry.

Guest background:
Michal Brichta heads the Industrial Division of the Slovak Space Organisation, driving Slovakia's initiatives in the space sector.

Episode Highlights:


  • Disparity in space capabilities between nations
  • Importance of including non-traditional nations in space

Slovakia's space ambitions:

  • The role of Michal Brichta and the potential of Slovakia
  • Contributions from non-traditional space actors

Evolving spatial perspectives:

  • Gradual transition towards becoming an interplanetary species
  • Slovakia's inclusive space strategy

Challenges and opportunities:

  • Importance of international collaborations
  • The role of education in fostering talent in the space industry

Achievements and future goals:

  • Slovakia becomes an associate member of ESA
  • Objectives and future visions for the Slovak space sector

Notable Quotes:

On the role of small nations in space:

“Small countries like Slovakia have a unique perspective and can offer innovative solutions that might go unnoticed by larger countries with more experience in the space field.”

On education and talent development:

“Investing in education and fostering local talent is key for Slovakia to build a sustainable and competitive space sector.”

About international collaborations:

“Collaboration with international partners is essential, as they not only provide knowledge and resources, but also open up new opportunities for Slovakia in the global space market.”

On Slovakia's accession to ESA:

“Becoming an associate member of the European Space Agency is an important milestone for Slovakia, marking our commitment and ability to contribute to the wider space community.”

About future goals:

“Our vision is bold. We aim to position Slovakia as a key player in the space industry, building on our strengths and leveraging our achievements to reach new heights.”

Additional resources:

· Slovak Space Organization

· European Space Agency (ESA)

· United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA)

· International Space University (ISU)

· Listen to Michal's music choice for the space travel playlist: Karol Duchoň – “The wind blows” in https://open.spotify.com/intl-de/track/7pRA5Fy4vbRjU6ecLyPXYQ?si=937dfbf50903477e

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