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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 2012 NPoC of Lithuania co-initiated the first Lithuanian satellite project „LituanicaSAT-1“. Its primary mission objective is to provide university students and young engineers knowledge & real hands-on experience in satellite engineering thereby helping to develop infrastructure and know-how in space technology by interdisciplinary interaction between academia and industry in Lithuania. The satellite was successfully built and launched to ISS during commercial resupply mission ORB-1 on Jan 09, 2014 where it was later deployed to orbit on Feb 28, 2014. Work was carried out totally on voluntary basis by young engineers, researchers from Vilnius University and radio amateurs while manufacture and procurement of hardware components was sponsored by industry partners and patronages free of charge. Technology experiments include FM Voice Repeater operation, taking pictures of the earth and testing different microcontrollers and attitude sensors under the space environment.
LituanicaSAT-1 is one of two Lithuanian CubeSats to be Lithuania's first satellites in space. The other satellite called Litsat-1 was developed by Kaunas University of Technology and Lithuanian Space Association and was also launched to ISS on the same launch vehicle. Both satellite missions where successful and marked a historical achievement for the country.
|LithuaniaSAT-1 Team during
presentation at Vilnius University
|Inside the MoMoLab|
Country-specific Events in 2014
- Lithuanian CanSat Competition (20 September). Find out more at the website here.
- 5th 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 Oct 15-17, 2014. For news and updates follow LSA website.
- MoMoLab is a 2-3 day program where 7-11 grade schoolchildren can perform scientific experiments in a specially equipped mobile scientific laboratory (MoMoLab), listen for lectures bout newest scientific discoveries and watch life science experiments. Visits are performed regularly when registered by school. More info at project website.
- Researcher’s Night 2014. This exciting nationwide event takes place on 27th of 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. Official event website: http://www.tyrėjųnaktis.lt/#home
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Lithuania
Inovative Enginnering Projects
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