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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.
Romanian Team Named an Asteroid
Prof. Marin Dacian BICA (left), and Florin-
Last year SGAC’s NEO Project Group held the Name An Asteroid Campaign which called for submissions to name an asteroid in two age groups (under 18, and over 18). Three names for each age group were chosen and sent to the International Astronomical Union (IAU)’s Committee on Small Body Nomenclature (CSBN) for approval. Due to the strict naming regulations, it was expected that only one would be accepted. All the proposed names were presented to the CSBN, who judged that they were all suitable, so all six names were accepted. What a great surprise! The Romanian team decided to name the asteroid in memory of the late professor Marin Dacian Bica.
Marin Dacian Bica (1970–2013) was a Romanian professor of physics and astronomy, and a popular tutor to Romanian middle school students participating in International Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiads. – Cristian Lazar (22), Ioana Tatarciuc (17), Daniel Cosovanu (17), Rares Iova (16), Alexandru C. (16), Jessica A. (16), Alina M. (17), Roxana (22), Ignat O. (40), Simona C. (39), all from Romania.
- Romanian student awarded by ESA: The team composed by Manuel Ciosici, a Romanian student established in Denmark, and three Danish students won the first prize of the third annual ESA App Camp, an event which took place at ESA’s ESRIN (the European Space Research Institute) centre in Frascati, Italy, and gathered twenty app developers from 11 countries.
- ROSA President is participating at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, between 29 September - 3 October 2014: Dr. phys. Marius Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), is participating between 29 September - 3 October at the 65th International Astronautical Congress, held in Toronto, Canada, and organized by the International Astronautical Federation - IAF In conjunction with this year's local host, the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute - CASI.
- Romania project leader in building Europe's lidar: Romania is leading the way in an ambitious project to build an instrument to detect and monitor tiny particles suspended in the air. The new ‘lidar’– the first of its kind in Europe – is set to contribute to ESA’s satellites that focus on the atmosphere.
Previous Activities in 2014
- Institute for Space Sciences Open Doors (7 – 11 April): In the context of “School Otherwise project”, the Magurele Physics Platform opens its doors for school and high school students and their teachers. The students will be able to visit the research institutes and the Physics Faculty on the platform in order to discover the science directly from the researchers, through interactive methods, presentations and guided tours.
- Schools Otherwise (7 – 11 April): Under the guidance of ROSA and the West University of Timisoara, 30 high school students from Colegiul Național "Constantin Diaconovici Loga" have participated to a CanSat camp. The project was realized with financial support from the Commission for Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Timis County Council, with logistics contribution from SIVECO România and ESA.
- European Space Expo, Craiova (19 – 27 April): 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. This is a part of the European Space Expo team in Craiova, where one of the NPoC for Romania, miss Corina Ştiubei participated as local support and booking coordinator for schools in Craiova and Dolj county.
- World Space Week 2014 (4-10 October): The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), the national coordinator of space activities, is joining the international space community in celebrating the annual event World Space Week (WSW), between 4-12 October. World Space Week 2014 marks the 15th anniversary of the declaration of this special week by the United Nations in 1999. Starting with only a handful of events in the early days, World Space Week has now grown into the largest public space event on Earth: last year over 1,400 events were organized in 80 countries on all continents, including Antarctica, and popularity is still growing.
Future and Current Activities
- 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 First Quarter Of 2014
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 .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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" in Argentina.
- 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!