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Task 1

The first task of National Research Programme 'Towards future technologies' – to acquire special scientific competences and skills required for the participation in the ESA scientific space mission programmes and ensuring the scientific support to the development of the application of space technologies and services. Two measures have been envisaged with respect to the first task under the Programme:

1.  Carrying out of fundamental and applied research, 1) by planning scientific space missions and interpreting their results; 2) by developing an infrastructure and methods for obtaining and processing scientific results of space missions:

  • improvement of land-based observations and their application in analysing the data of ESA scientific space missions;
  • development and improvement of methods for processing and analysis of intellectual large scale heterogeneous spectrophotometry data, and the application of such methods for analysis of the data of ESA scientific space missions;
  • development and improvement of advanced image recognition and classification methods, and their application in analysing the data of ESA scientific space missions;
  • development and improvement of advanced data archiving and knowledge search methods, and their application in analysing the archived data of ESA scientific space missions;
  • carrying out of other research required for the preparation and implementation of the future ESA scientific space missions;
  • it is intended that 8-10 projects will be implemented under this measure.

2.  Carrying out of fundamental and applied research for realising the full potential of space infrastructures by developing and improving the application and the services of space technologies:

  • development and research of functional and smart materials under micro-gravitation conditions;
  • development and application of algorithms for processing and compression of signal and data streams;
  • development, research and application of autonomous robots and mechatronics systems designed to operate in a changing gravitation environment;
  • research of human movement, orientation, speech and recognition abilities under micro-gravitation conditions;
  • development of non-contact methods for the identification and the monitoring of human psycho-physiological condition under micro-gravitation conditions;
  • studies of plants and animals under micro-gravitation conditions;
  • development and application of integrated remote monitoring systems or their components based on space technologies and designed for ensuring information and communication security;
  • development and application of advanced (high capacity and reliability and energy efficient) calculation, data transmission and automatic management methods designed for space infrastructures;
  • use of the data and services provided by the programmes Galileo and Copernicus for the development of space technology applications;
  • it is intended that 6-8 projects will be implemented under this measure.