The Cultural Centre of European Space Technologies (KSEVT) will be opened in Vitanje in September 2012 and will complement the Herman Potočnik Noordung Memorial Centre. The building has been designed by four architectural bureaus that established the Architectural union for Vitanje.
Herman Potočnik (pseudonym: Hermann Noordung; 22. 12. 1892 - 27. 8. 1929) was born in Pula (nowadays Croatia) to Slovenian parents: Marija (Minka) Kokošinek from Vitanje and Jožef Potočnik from Zgornji Razbor near Slovenj Gradec.
Herman Potočnik Noordung, along with his book The Problem of Space Travel – The Rocket Motor (1928), is regarded as a pioneer of spaceflight. The book can be downloaded free of charge or bought as a printed version (in Slovenian and English). KSEVT invited all interested in this area to discover his influence on the development of space programmes. The openning of the centre is announced for 7 September 2012.