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Oct 2011-Oct 2015
There is a popular joke saying that Lithuanians learned how to fly before they learned walking. It is not only true that we love to fly but also that we want to explore the far reaches of the universe as well. The beginning of the space age in Lithuania is marked by the foundation of Molėtai Astronomical Observatory in 1969 which for many years served as a main tool for astrophysical research using multicolor stellar photometry. Many Lithuanian scientists and engineers were also involved in the space program of the Soviet Union, especially the Energia-Buran space shuttle project. A totally new page has been opened in Lithuanian space history in the year 2010 when the cooperation agreement between the Government of Lithuania and the ESA was signed. A new and promising future is waiting for the next youth generation of Lithuania. There is much to be done so join us now!
Young Space Activities Overview in Lithuania
In the end of 2011 NPoC of Lithuania Laurynas Maciulis co-founded a non-profit organization “Innovative Engineering Projects” (IEP). One of the goals of IEP is to raise interest in space sciences and technology among students and young professionals in Lithuania. NPoC Laurynas Maciulis is working as a project manager in this organization and promotes SGAC vision and goals in Lithuania.
Working closely together with Lithuanian Universities and industry partners, IEP initiated a first Lithuanian nano-satellite project. The main goal of the project is to provide university students and young engineers knowledge & real hands-on experience in satellite engineering. The technical aim is to build and launch Lithuania’s first satellite based on a cubesat standard.
Country-specific Events in 2013
- Lithuanian UAV and CanSat Contest (29 January - 14 July). The competition will consist of two major contests scheduled over one weekend in July. Teams will generally each compete in only one of the contests this year, so there should be approximately 10 teams in total, with 5 for each contest [English Website]
- 4th International conference “Space Economy in the Multipolar World” is the biggest space-related event in the Baltic states organized by Lithuanian Space Association that will take place in Vilnius during fall, 2013.
- European Space Expo will be hosted in Vilnius this summer. The European Commission has launched the European Space Expo to show how space and its applications provide benefits to Europe's citizens. The Expo will highlight the critical role of the European Union in space and space-based technologies. Link to the official website:
- Researcher’s Night 2013 (23 September) This exciting nationwide event takes place on 23 September when everyone enjoys doing some science just for fun. Various public events in major cities are held were students and professional scientists come out to the streets demonstrating breathtaking scientific experiments or just tell how science influences everyone’s life. Specifically at the Molėtai Astronomical Observatory, people can come that night to gaze the wonderful starry sky with observatory’s large telescopes providing the sky is clear.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Lithuania
Lithuanian Space Association
Space Science and Technology Institute
Lithuanian Etno-Cosmology Museum
Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy
Lithuanian Union of Astronomers
Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers
The first Lithuanian satellite project "LituanicaSAT-1"