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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.
Home to some of the parents of flight and modern mechanics, like Traian Vuia, Henri Coanda and Aurel Vlaicu, Romania is also one of the countries which gave an astronaut to the world, Mr. Dumitru Prunariu. As an East European country, Romania strives to expand its horizons in the applications of the space field. Most of the activities take place under the auspices of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), 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. Furthermore, Romania benefits from the existence of the European Space Education Resource Office, which created a more than welcome connection between all the opportunities offered by ESA and the Romanian young generation.
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.
We hope that you join SGAC to be a part of developing Romanian space!
Youth Space Activities Overview In Romania
In 2016, Romania held the Presidency of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference for the second time. This a crucial position in creating a common declaration on space and security signed by several states. Moreover, in July, Romania became the 22nd member of CERN and the Romanian flag was raised in a solemn ceremony, attended by several officials. 2016 has been a very prosperous year for the Romanian Space community, even though the Romanian satellite ROBUST has not been launched from the ISS, as initially planned. Nevertheless, while attending the International Space Forum in October 2016, the Romanian delegation declared that “a new Romanian small satellite - ROBISAT - is to be launched the next year from the International Space Station, with the purpose to measure higher atmosphere composition variations.” Being the national and international space activities coordinator, RoSA established cooperation agreements with international organisations such as the European Space Agency or the Committee on Space Research, as well as bilateral cooperation agreements at governmental level. Together with the Ministry of External Affairs, ROSA represents Romania at the sessions of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space — COPUOUS and its sub-committees. ROSA is the coordinator organization of the Research, Development and Innovation STAR Programme - Space Technology and Advanced Research for the period 2012-2019, the tool which provides national support for implementing the Agreement between Romania and the European Space Agency (ESA) on Romania's accession to the ESA Convention. At the same time, the Agency develops its own research and development projects through the ROSA Research Centre and has a strong collaboration with the Romanian Institute for Space Sciences. Even though the economic situation does not allow for a breakthrough to happen overnight, Romania is striving to attain a better acknowledgement on the European space market through small, but steady steps. Up to now, there were quite a few public institutions and universities which manifested their interested in European space-related projects and some of them are even part of international consortia, already achieving recognition. Though the space segment is not very well represented in the educational sector, there a few passionate individuals who show commitment and desire to boost the Romanian space sector to an international level.
Country-Specific Events in 2017
April 29 and September 30 - Astronomy Day - An event meant to promote the astronomy through open-air events, encompassing presentations, astronomic observations and demonstrations - National level, events in different cities.
May 17-18 - 5th International Workshop on Numerical Modelling in Aerospace Sciences - This year's edition will tackle four different subjects, namely:
- Launchers propulsion technologies and simulations of rocket engines;
- Flight dynamics simulation;
- Modelling of structural problems in aerospace airframes;
- System design for small satellites - Bucharest.
Last week of September (TBC) - Bucharest Science Festival - Annual event approaching a different thematic every year, meant to attract the younger generations towards science.
September 29 - European Researcher's Night - This project addresses the curious ones, as well as the young generations who want to start their carriers in a scientific area. - National level, events in different cities.
- 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 - Official website of the Romanian Space Agency.
Aerospace Engineering Faculty, Politehnica University of Bucharest
Astronomic Observatory, Bucharest - Official website of the Romanian Astronomic Observatory "Vasile Urseanu"
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
The Romanian flag is raised alongside the flags of CERN’s other Member States, in the presence of the Romanian President, CERN’s Director-General, the President of the CERN Council and a large Romanian delegation.
On the 18th of March 2016, the Romanians celebrated 110 years since the first self-propelled flight with a machine heavier than air, made by Traian Vuia with his Vuia I airplane.
(Image: Maximilien Brice/ Sophia Bennett via CERN website)
In May 2016, Romania celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Mr Prunariu's cosmic flight, by organising the AstroFest.
(Image: The Romanian Space Agency)
(Image: Historic Wings website)