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Copernicus delivers first radar images
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014   

The Sentinel-1A satellite has delivered the first radar images of the Earth, since it was launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

This first image showing Belgium was captured on 12 April, just one day after the satellite was put into its operational attitude, and demonstrates the potential of Sentinel-1A’s radar vision, offering a tantalising glimpse of the kind of operational imagery that this new mission will provide for Europe’s ambitious Copernicus environmental monitoring programme.

The European Commission leads the Copernicus programme and coordinates the broad range of services to improve the management of the environment and to safeguard everyday lives. The European Space Agency is responsible for developing the family of Sentinel satellites and for ensuring that the stream of data are available for these services. ROSA coordinates Romania’s involvement in the Copernicus programme.

For more information please visit the ESA website.


Main image: Bruselles, seen by Sentinel-1A. Credit: ESA.

Oportunități de dezvoltare în cadrul International Space University
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Thursday, 10 April 2014   
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Agenția Spațială Română (ROSA) vă invită vineri, 11 aprilie, să participați la prezentarea susținută de un reprezentant ISU (International Space University) cu privire la posibilitățiile de accesare a programelor de dezvoltare profesională (masterat, MBA, școli de vară, burse) pentru diferite discipline legate de programe spațiale, științe spațiale, inginerie spațială, ingineria sistemelor, politică spațială, drept spațial, afaceri și management, precum și spațiu și societate.

Evenimentul are loc pe data de 11 aprilie 2014, la ora 12.00, Facultatea de Inginerie Aerospatiala, Sala I013, Polizu.

ISU este o instituție non-profit de drept privat, recunoscută oficial drept instituție de învățământ superior în Franța de către Ministerul francez al Educației. Universitatea este specializată în furnizarea unor sesiuni de instruire a viitorilor lideri ai comunității spațiale globale, în cadrul campusului său situat în Strasbourg, Franța, precum și în diverse locații din întreaga lume, prin cele două programe educaționale disponibile și anume un Programul de Studii Spațiale, derulat pe o perioadă de 2 luni și un Program de Masterat,  ce se desfășoară timp de un an.

Ambele programe implică o cercetare intensă din partea fiecărui participant, oferindu-le studenților internaționali posibilitatea de se perfecționa împreună într-un mediu intercultural.

Pentru mai multe detalii cu privire la programele și cursurile de dezvoltare ISU și despre modalitatea de aplicare, vă rugăm să accesați website-ul ISU.

Europe lofts first Copernicus environmental satellite
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Friday, 04 April 2014   

The ability of European citizens, policymakers and service providers to access key environmental data on a routine basis will take a major step forward following the launch of ESA’s Sentinel-1A satellite.

The 2.3 tonne satellite lifted off on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 21:02 GMT (23:02 CEST). The first stage separated 118 sec later, followed by the fairing (209 sec), stage 2 (287 sec) and the upper assembly (526 sec).

After a 617 sec burn, the Fregat upper stage delivered Sentinel into a Sun-synchronous orbit at 693 km altitude. The satellite separated from the upper stage 23 min 24 sec after liftoff.

“Sentinel-1A opens a new page in the implementation of Copernicus, the second EU flagship space initiative, after the Galileo positioning system,” said Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA.

“The Copernicus programme will provide European citizens with the most ambitious space-based services in the world for environmental and security applications.

“The cooperation between the EU and ESA Member States in the funding of the space infrastructure, the combination of competences and expertise between the European Commission and ESA, and the capabilities of European industry, are putting Europe at the forefront of utilisation of space to benefit citizens, policymakers and the economy.”

The mission is the first of six families of dedicated missions that will make up the core of Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring network. Copernicus will provide operational information on the world’s land surfaces, oceans and atmosphere to support environmental and security policymaking and the needs of individual citizens and service providers.

Designed as a two-satellite constellation – Sentinel-1A and -1B – the C‑band radar mission will provide all-weather day-and-night imagery of land and ocean surfaces of Europe, Canada and the polar regions in near‑real time.

Equipped with a powerful ‘synthetic aperture radar’, it will ensure continuity with the European Envisat satellite, which stopped working in 2012 after 10 years of service. The technology is based on a long heritage of radar satellites, starting with ERS-1 23 years ago.

“The launch of the first Sentinel-1 satellite marks a change in philosophy for our Earth observation programmes,” said Volker Liebig, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes. “In meteorology, satellites have been providing reliable data for weather forecasts for over 35 years.

“With the Copernicus programme, we will now have a similar information source for environmental services as well as for applications in the security and disaster management domain.”

In addition to transmitting data to a number of ground stations around the world for rapid dissemination, Sentinel-1 is also equipped with a laser terminal to transmit data via European Data Relay System satellites in geostationary orbit for continual data delivery.

The satellite’s solar panels and antenna are now being deployed in a complex sequence expected to take around 11 hours. The completion of deployment will be announced at www.esa.int/sentinel-1 and via Twitter @ESA_EO

After the initial ‘launch and early orbit phase’, the satellite will go into the commissioning phase, when all instruments will be checked and calibrated. The mission is expected to begin operations within three months.

Thales Alenia Space Italy is the prime contractor and Airbus DS Germany is responsible for the C‑band radar. Airbus DS UK supplied the central radar electronics subsystem.

Data from the Sentinel satellites will be provided on a free and open basis. Raw data will be analysed and processed by public and private sector service providers.

Image credits

Main image: ESA/CNES/Arianespace

Gallery images: ESA–S. Corvaja, 2014

The International Space Exploration Forum, Washington, 9 January 2014
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Monday, 10 February 2014   

Between 9 and 10 January 2014, the President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Marius-Ioan Piso presented Romania's strategy and position on space exploration at the Heads of Space Agencies Summit (HOSA), organized by the International Academy of Astronautics in Washington. Together with the Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development, Mihnea Costoiu, the CEO of  ROSA attended the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), organized by the Government of the United States. At the event, Marius-Ioan Piso expressed Romania’s interest to develop research and space exploration projects through bilateral and multilateral cooperation that will contribute to the national development of Romania.

Președintele și Directorul General ROSA, Marius-Ioan Piso și Ministru delegat pentru Învăţământ Superior, Cercetare Ştiinţifică şi Dezvoltare Tehnologică, Mihnea Costoiu

From left to right: Marius-Ioan Piso, ROSA President and CEO, and Mihnea Costoiu, Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development

On 10 January 2014, the Romanian delegation led by the Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development, Mihnea Costoiu and the President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Marius-Ioan Piso attended the International Space Exploration Forum. Organized for the first by the Government of the United States, the event’s main objective was to facilitate a dialogue at ministerial level on space exploration for the benefit of humanity, as a follow up to the dialogue begun by the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) in November 2011, Italy.

The Romanian delegation stressed Romania’s interest to support research and space exploration programmes through bilateral and multilateral cooperation that can contribute to national development, as well as support programmes that prepare younger generations through international space universities.

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