Magion / Magion
|Type||Film eng friendly|
|Sections||Czech & Slovak Competition|
|Category||technology and IT|
|Production||OAT SSČ AV ČR|
This Czech Academy of Sciences documentary film narrates the story of the Magion satellite that reached the Earth’s orbit in 1978, after years of efforts of the Academy staff. The idea was born after the trip to Russia by geophysicists of the CAS Pavel Tříska and Jaroslav Vojta. When assembling the satellite, they noticed that the weight balancing the centre of the gravity of the satellite could be replaced with a machine of the same weight but with the enhanced capability to collect data when moving in space. The idea had to be officially approved, however, and therefore long and challenging work on the project followed, leaving a significant Czech scientific footprint.