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A year before the Expo, Slovenia presented achievements in the field of space technologies

Today was the first in a series of virtual events that represent an introduction to the themes of the upcoming World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Slovenia focused on space investments promoting sustainable economic growth and creating value added in society

Slovenia focused on space investments promoting sustainable economic growth and creating value added in society | Author Spirit

At the space themed event, Slovenia, as one of the fourteen countries selected by the organiser, presented its efforts, key achievements and activities in the field of space technologies to other participants.

The Slovenian presentation on how space investments promote sustainable economic growth and create added value for society received an excellent response from the other participants, also due to the involvement of companies with their solutions.

The organisers of the World Expo Dubai 2020, which was postponed for a year due to the COVID 19 pandemic, decided to hold a series of virtual events (named the Pre-Expo Programme) in the meantime. The first space themed virtual event, ending today, provided global insight into the latest innovations in space research and space travel. Slovenia was chosen by the organisers to be one of the countries participating in this global exhibition to present its activities in this field. This was an exceptional opportunity to show the latest findings and key achievements of the Slovenian state, companies and institutions operating in the space industry and their multiplier effects, and to accordingly stake its place on the world space map.

"The space sector in Slovenia is recording exceptional growth. There are many small and medium-sized companies that provide innovative, high-quality and competitive solutions and products in the field of space technologies, enabling them to successfully rank amongst competitive players on the global market. In space technologies, our country pursues a niche strategy, which currently implies activities related to Earth observation, artificial intelligence, micro or nano satellites and the instruments for such,” said Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology.

Slovenia has been an associate member of the European Space Agency (ESA) since 5 July 2016, and on 3 September 2020 it achieved another remarkable success with the historic launch of two Slovenian satellites, Trisat and Nemo-HD. "Slovenia has thus joined the group of countries with operational satellites in space, which is its peak achievement, of which we can be extremely proud," said Počivalšek.