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Welcome to the SGAC Romania page!
Romania’s role in space activities is developing constantly as an EU member state and Member of the European Space Agency. Development can be observed both within the professional and academic sector, and also from a broad perspective within the technical, political and, lately, legal sectors.
Furthermore, Mr. Dumitru Prunariu, the first and only Romanian astronaut, was elected chairman of UN COPUOS. Hence, the role of our country is expected to grow accordingly in all space related activities.
On the 22nd of December 2011, Romania became the 19th full member of European Space Agency. For more information see the ESA page or ROSA page (it is available in Romanian only, but contains photos from the agreement signing ceremony). The New Year saw the Romanian Flag now flying at ESA sites alongside those of other Member States.
On the 13th of February 2012, the European Space Agency successfully performed the first qualification flight of its brand new Vega launch vehicle. One of the seven nano satellites that composed the payload is called Golliat, a Romanian production. For more information, see the Romanian Space Agency page.
We hope that you join SGAC to be a part of developing Romanian space!
Youth Space Activities Overview In Romania
Lately, Romanian institutions have been trying to attract younger audience towards the space mysteries through various programs and events. SGAC members, along with space enthusiast have been an active part during this process. Most of the activities take place under the auspices of the Romanian Space Agency, as well as under those of the engineering, technical and law faculties throughout the country, all of which are particularly oriented in education and outreach. In addition, Romania supports international space related events such as Yuri's Night and World Space Week. There are also new opportunities becoming available for the first time in Romania, such as the ability to complete a PhD in space law at the Institute for Legal Research within the Romanian Academy.
Also, in the past 3 months Romanian Students have been invited to be an active part in the International Space Agency by creating the Romania ISA Society, whose president I am. At the moment, this is a small society but we hope to grow and have more members.
- The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) invites secondary school teachers to take part in the summer workshop organized by the European Space Agency (ESA) between 21-25 July 2014 at its European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The workshop is open to teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics related subjects in secondary schools (students 12 – 18 years old) of ESA Member States and priority will be given to teachers who have not participated in previous ESA teacher workshops. The language of the workshop will be English. Teachers wishing to participate in the workshop should complete the online application form before 25 April 2014 13:00 local time. Further information on the ESA’s summer workshop is available on the ESA website.
- Romania becomes a full member state of the Pierre Auger international collaboration. On 13 March 2014, Romania was officially accepted as a full member state in the international collaboration "Pierre Auger Observatory". Spread over an area of 3000 km2 in Argentina, Auger is the largest cosmic radiation experiment in the world. This collaboration allows Romanian researchers to contribute to solving the mysteries of ultra-high-energy cosmic rays.
Activities Currently Unfolding
- European Space Expo, Craiova (19 – 27 April 2014): The European Space Expo is a touring exhibition showcasing the flagship European Space programs: Copernicus, Galileo and EGNOS, and their benefits and applications. During the day, the Expo is host to visiting schools, clubs and universities, who are given accessible introductions to the European Space programs and their benefits
- Globe At Night (20 January – 20 December):The Globe at Night program is an international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by inviting citizen scientists to measure their night-sky brightness and submit their observations from a computer or smart phone. Nearly 100,000 measurements have been contributed from people in 115 countries during the campaigns over the last 8 years, making Globe at Night the most successful light-pollution-awareness program to date.
Accomplishments in the Last Quarter of 2013
- Workshop on Nuclear Track Emulsion and its Future - The aim of the Nuclear Track Emulsion (NTE) workshop is to bring related researchers together and provide them opportunities to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results in the field of nuclear track emulsion technique. It will create a forum for international scientists to present and discuss face to face their experiences on fundamentals and future of nuclear emulsion, innovative theories, frameworks, methodologies, tools and applications and make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in this field.
- Institute of Space Sciences (ISS) on the platform of Physics in Magurele successfully coordinated the preparatory phase of the experiment in international project KM3NeT - an undersea telescope that will lie in a volume of 6 cubic km in the Mediterranean. KM3NeT will study neutrinos of astrophysical origin and simultaneously will be an important tool in the search for dark matter in the Universe. To this experiment have helped teams of researchers, engineers and technicians from France, Italy and the Netherlands. KM3NeT is a collaboration of over 200 members from 40 European institutes, part of the consortium ISS since April 2007 due to the expertise and experience of the ANTARES project
Also, January 2014 had a promising start with news and also projects Romania hopes to continue being involved in, thanks to the work of the ISS researchers.
For more details on the projects unfolded by ISS, you can see and download the SGAC Romania leaflet.
2014 Annual Events to Come
- Yuri's Night: Yuri’s Night is a global celebration of humanity’s past, present and future in space. Yuri’s Night parties and events are held around the world every April in commemoration of April 12, 1961, the day of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin’s first manned spaceflight, and April 12, 1981, the inaugural launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle.
- School Otherwise (Scoala Altfel):The "To know more, to be better" program is in progress at the level of each school during a week of the 2nd school semester, a special schedule consisting only of non-formal activities.
- Younger, Older ... through the Universe (Cu mic, cu mare...prin Univers): This event is organized for school and high school students, as well as for their teachers. It consists of conferences, movie projections, presentations and contests where the participants can win prizes offered by the event sponsors.
- Researchers’ night: It is celebrated in the same evening in over 300 cities in Europe and takes place on the 27th of September.
- World Space Week:It is an international celebration of science and technology, taking place between the 4th and 10th of October.
Furthermore, I recommend you to follow Romania’s Space Agency (ROSA) Facebook Page, so you can be updated about all the events you might be interested in:
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Romania
Unfortunately, many of these sites are available only in Romanian, but we will work on creating English versions. In the meanwhile, if something in particular has raised your interest, you are more than welcome to contact the NPoC.
Yuri's night 2013
World Space Week 2013
ARCA Space - ARCA is a non-profit organization and its main objective is the exploration of space. In order to reach this objective, ARCA is working to the development of cost effective space vehicles.
Inventeaza.ro - Inventeaza.ro is a youth technical creation center that supports innovative initiatives in the technical field.
Romanian Space Agency
Aerospace Engineering Faculty, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Astronomic Observatory, Bucharest
Advanced Studies and Research Center
Institute for Space Science
National Institute for Aerospace Research “Elie Carafoli”
Romanian Academy, Institute for Legal Research
Politehnica University of Bucharest, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
Aerospace Studies and Mechanical Engineering at University Transilvania, Brasov
Science and Engineering, Technical University of Cluj
Engineering and Telecommunications, Politehnica Timisoara University
Institute for Legal Research, Romanian Academy
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics
Thank you for visiting SGAC Romania page and we are looking forward for you to return!