SpaceX’s recent launch (flight called CRS-19) to the International Space Station (ISS), on the 5th December 2019 marked the 19th mission under its commercial cargo resupply services contract with NASA. The Dragon capsule was filled with more than 2,550 kilograms of supplies, including more than 950 kg of science equipment.

For the first time in history of SpaceX, a Hungarian company called InnoStudio is participating in the scientific mission with its collaborative partner Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS). The company is member of the ThalesNano/Darholding Group, being one of the largest upstream technology networks in the Central European region. In frame of the experiment, a novel chemical formulation/crystallization equipment of JAMSS including chemical samples of Innostudio was launched. The demonstration equipment was installed in the ICE Cubes Facility located in the European Space Agency’s Columbus module.

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Researchers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope have, for the first time, found evidence of a giant planet associated with a white dwarf star. The planet orbits the hot white dwarf, the remnant of a Sun-like star, at close range, causing its atmosphere to be stripped away and form a disc of gas around the star. This unique system hints at what our own Solar System might look like in the distant future.

“It was one of those chance discoveries,” says researcher Boris Gänsicke, from the University of Warwick in the UK, who led the study, published today in Nature. The team had inspected around 7000 white dwarfs observed by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and found one to be unlike any other. By analysing subtle variations in the light from the star, they found traces of chemical elements in amounts that scientists had never before observed at a white dwarf. “We knew that there had to be something exceptional going on in this system, and speculated that it may be related to some type of planetary remnant.”

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At the end of the week, we attended the Orienteering Day at Kastélydombi Primary School, where we were able to show many enthusiastic young people what we are up to and what excitement there is every day for anyone who is looking up to work Technology Transfer in the space sector.

The future is in the hands of young people. Today, this age group is a key segment of society that can change the future. With smart devices, literally all your knowledge is just one click away, you just need to know what you are looking for and be able to use all the information we find. In this growing generation, there is everything we can do to avoid (hopefully) the present gloomy end of life on earth.

Space technology transfer can make our planet more beautiful and more lively. It is an essential part of the survival plan to prepare the young generation for the challenges ahead and to explain to them why space technology is important now. For this age group, getting to know the space industry will be inevitable.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) Business Incubation Centers (BICs) annual meeting was held from 30 September to 5 October 2019. The event took place this year in Coimbra (Portugal).

From us Zsuzsanna Tandi the Hungarian leader of ESA BIC and NTTI, Dr. Zoltán Székely project manager, Edina Megygyesi economist and Beáta Bozsó project manager participated at the discussions and trainings.

Every year, ESA trainings are a surprise to those attending. The picture below shows, for example, Andrea Kurtz, a technology broker depicting the role of the ESA network in a technology transfer process at a creativity workshop. His work shows that we (the ESA network) are a bridge between technology needs and technology descriptions.

Andrea Kurtz the Austrian team’s technology broker and her creation at a creativity workshop

The picture below shows the creation of Zsuzsanna Tandi, the head of the Business Incubation Center in Hungary. It represents an important aspect of business, the mediation.

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