SGAC Latvia

National Point of Contact
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Kirils Bistrovs
May 2016 - May 2018
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Latvia historically has involved in space related activities and gained significant expertise in space technology. For example, in 90’s one of the Latvian institutions were involved in the  project with  France, so-called, “Mars 94”  where a satellite were sent to the Mars; also Latvia took part in a project related to Buran Space Shuttle development, namely: in the development of polyurethane foam insulation and heatshield ceramics.  On the 15th of March Latvia has signed European Cooperating State Agreement with European Space Agency. This allowed Latvian space related businesses and institutions to take part in ESA (and its partners) projects, and open doors for different space-related opportunities for Latvian young space enthusiasts. The goal of SGAC Latvia is to see Latvia fulfilling its potential in Space Sector, and it wants to achieve that using only one method: bringing together young Latvians that are interested in Space and forming the network. Please join!


Young Space Activities Overview in Latvia

After signing the Cooperating State Agreement, Latvia had to agree on a five year development plan (PECS) with ESA representatives. Main objective of this plan is to prepare Latvia for closer cooperation with ESA. During this five year period Latvia has to develop its space sector that it is mature enough to become part of ESA and secondly to get to know ESA better. The latter will help Latvia easily to take part in various ESA projects. Since signing Cooperating State Agreement Latvia has participated mostly in Earth Observation projects (72%), also in Education projects (23%) and little in Space Technology projects (5%).  Currently there are 5 running projects between Latvia and ESA.

For young people, Universities and private companies run different contests and open lecture devoted to space. For instance, Young Astronomers Club has a gathering once a month open to everyone who want to learn more about astronomy.


Latvia becomes seventh Euroepan Cooperation State of ESA (15 March 2013)
Signature of the PECS Charter between ESA and Latvia (30 January 2015)

Country-specific Events in 2016

  • StarParty #16 or “Century Event” (8 October 2016), StarSpace observatory in Suntaži, Latvia. Open lecture “what were the brightest achievements in astronomy and cosmonautics during the 20/21 centuries”.


    StarSpace Photography Contest (1 May -15 September 2016), during this period any photographer can send his/her works that fits one of the contest categories that are related to astronomy (exact categories can be found on the contest website)


    Young Astronomers Club have a meeting every second Wednesday of a month (during the academic year), in Latvian University main building, Riga; there you will have opportunity to take part in different events; to get answers on your astronomy related questions, to listen a lecture about astronomy.


Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Latvia


Riga Technical University Aeronautical Institute

Riga Aeronautical Institute

Academic and Professional Aviation Centre

Latvian University Institute of Astronomy



Space Library

Baldone Observatory

Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center

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