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Slovenia and Space Science Programs

In the absence of a specific research programme in Slovenia, space research activities are stimulated through the existing instruments of science and research policy of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport and its Science Office. The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia supports and stimulates some research activities that are related to the peaceful uses of space and involve certain aspects of space-related components, along with the international involvement of certain researchers and research groups in space research programmes.

Several research teams in Slovenia carry out certain types of space research, mainly specific applied research for selected sectors and services. The main research teams and institutions that deal with applications within the framework of space research are the following: Research Team for Communication Systems within the Cifra company (GPS and satellite communication); Faculty of Civil Engineering and Survey of the University of Ljubljana (satellite survey); the Jozef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana (satellite communication); Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the University of Ljubljana (satellite navigation); Spatial Information Centre at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts; National Institute of Geology; and Physical Planning Department of the Forestry Institute.

The financial means from the State budget are provided through five-year research programmes and through basic and applied research projects. At present, the total budget for research activities that involve certain aspects of space research is estimated to be sufficient for approximately 10 full-time posts.

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