SGAC Bulgaria

National Points of Contact
Bulgaria
Rada Popova

Raycho Raychev

Rada Popova
Feb 2011-Feb 2015
Raycho Raychev
Dec 2010-Dec 2014
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Bulgaria is not a member state of ESA (European Space Agency) but In May 2014, the Bulgarian government voted a budget for the initial phase of the membership and a Cooperation agreement with ESA should be signed in the near future. Bulgaria is a signatory to all five UN International Space Law treaties and the allocation of radio frequencies and GEO slots is regulated under the Telecommunications Law. The private sector is playing an active role in stimulating young Bulgarian engineers, physicists and entrepreneurs to pursue a space career through engaging in world renown competitions such as the Global Compact Competition of Singularity University.

Young Space Activities Overview in Bulgaria

We have founded the biggest space educational program in the Balkan region – Space Challenges Program. Since its first edition in 2010, the program has achieved amazing results by reaching more than 3000 young people. It has fostered the creation of new aerospace projects and opened a direct channel of communication between the leading space experts and the young Bulgarians.

Country-Specific Events in 2013

  • 5th Edition of the Space Challenges Program (September 1st-September 15th): The Space Challenges Program became the largest space and advanced technology education initiative in the Balkans. In 2014 the program will have its 5th consecutive edition. The main aim of the program is to develop a generation of young scientists and technology professionals with an entrepreneurial mindset by focusing on direct economical and social impact. The program is structured around three components: science, technology and entrepreneurship and is completely practice-oriented 

  • European Space Expo (May 16th-24th): One of the main space-related events in Bulgaria for the first half of 2014 was  the European Space Expo which took place from May 16th to May 24th in Sofia  The Expo was seen by a total of 35 443 visitors. 
  • Aerospace business in Bulgaria: The aerospace company Special Concepts Ltd.  is working on a number of different advanced engineering projects and successfully accomplished the Statospheric Cinema Project. 

 

Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Bulgaria

Photo of Space Challenges students at the
National Space Observatory "Rozhen", 2012

Picture taken by one to the stratospheric apparatuses
sent by the participants of Space Challenges program.
On the photo: Bulgaria from 32 km altitude.

 

Open conversation of Noel Parmentier, Chief Strategic Officer
of Rhea Systems and special guest of
Space Challenges Program with Bulgarian students

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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