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Between 9-12 December took place the “1st Symposium on Space Educational Activities” aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of space-related activities conducted by university student teams and young professional teams from different countries. The conference was organized by the University of Padova and the European Space Agency (ESA). UPRA Team was represented by Bence Góczán who presented development of the UPRA-ReHAB System.

The preparation process was started in summer with the submissions of the abstracts. The organizing cometee has chosen 50 presentations and 10 posters to introduce individual projects. The chosen authors submitted their conference papers in November and the papers soon will be published. UPRA Team was succesfully chosen to present the ReHAB High Altitude Balloon Platform in the “Test Platforms & Facilities” section.

The presentation of Bence Góczán was one of the few project was not under ESA Educational Program, but an individual technological development project. During the three days of the Symposium university students presented their projects in nine sections from scientific payloads to finished small satellite missions.

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Beside university students professional experts presented their work. On the first day of the conference Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti shared her experiences of Expedition 43 on the International Space Sation (ISS). This was one of the most popular events of the symposium since she is very popular in her country.

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In other “Lecture Sessions” Dr. Natacha Callens, Administrator of ESA Academy presented the current and future educational programs available for university students. Prof. Monica Monici of European Low Gravity Research Association (ELGRA) introduced the research opportunities and facilities at ELGRA. Piero Galeone presented the microsatellite program available for university students that started with the 2012 launch of the Vega launch vehicle. Professor of University of Padova, E.C.Lorenzini introduced the life of Giuseppe Colombo and the story of the Italian space program.

Sylvain Lodiot from ESA presented the current state and technical challenges of the Rosetta Mission. NASA was also represented on the symposium by Dr. David J. Thompson of the Goddard Space Flight Center who introduced the opportunities available at the agency.

Between the presentations various exhibitors introduced their product or service and these breaks were also great opportunity for networking. “The presentation and the project received positive reviews” summarized Bence Góczán who met several people interested in cooperation with the UPRA Team.

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The UPRA Team began the preparation for the Spring Test Campaign which goal is to validate the ReHAB v.1.x System. After the succesful Test Campaign small scientific flights could start and the Team will begin the preparation for large payload flights.