National Point of Contact
Aug 2013-Aug 2015
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!
Young 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.
Country-Specific Events in 2013
For the last part of this year we have two main events
- Researchers’ night: It is celebrated in the same evening in over 300 cities in Europe. The event takes place on the 27th of September, between 7 p.m. and 12 a.m. and consists of funny scientific experiments, conferences for the public and a marathon of photography. Come together with us in Iasi, Bucharest, Timisoara, Cluj and Craiova to take part in crazy experiments and conferences on still unsolved mysteries of science.
- World Space Week: It is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:
- October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
- October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.
2014 Annual Events
- 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.
Furthermore, I recommend you to follow ROSA’s Facebook Page, so you can be updated about all the events you might be interested in: https://www.facebook.com/AgentiaSpatialaRomana
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 can contact the NPoC.
- Astronomy Forum
- 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!
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