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Air-quality under new scrutiny
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014   

As part of the preparations for the Sentinel-5 Precursor air-quality monitoring mission, scientists teamed up in Romania recently to test different airborne systems that will be used to ensure this new satellite delivers accurate measurements of pollutants in the air we breathe.

The World Health Organization estimates that around 3.7 million people died prematurely in 2012 as a result of being exposed to outdoor air pollution.

With air pollution now the world’s largest single environmental health risk, it has never been more important to monitor the air we breathe.
Governments and bodies such as the World Health Organization rely heavily on satellite data and computer models showing how pollution drifts in the air so that they can develop appropriate mitigation strategies.
Planned to be launched in 2016, Sentinel-5P will provide timely data on a multitude of trace gases and aerosols affecting air quality and the climate. The mission will also pinpoint pollution hotspots where public health could be at risk.
It is the first Sentinel satellite dedicated to monitoring the atmosphere for Europe’s Copernicus programme – the largest environmental monitoring initiative in the world.
As with any Earth observation mission, it is important to make sure satellite instruments deliver accurate data and that this information can be used easily.
This usually involves developing similar sensors that take measurements from aircraft – but they, too, have to be tested. Importantly, airborne instruments are also used to validate data once the satellites are in orbit.
The recent Airborne Romanian Measurements of Aerosols and Trace Gases, Aromat, campaign drew scientists from eight European institutes to Bucharest to test new airborne systems dedicated to validating satellite air-quality measurements.
Coordinated by the Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, BIRA, on behalf of ESA, the campaign tested sensors such as the University of Bremen’s AirMap, the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute’s nitrogen dioxide sonde and BIRA’s small whiskbroom imager for trace gases monitoring.
Romania is a relatively new ESA Member State and this is the first Earth observation campaign to be carried out in the country. Notably, the Romanian University of Galati, the National Institute of Aerospace Research and the National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics took part.
In addition, the exercise served to prepare forthcoming intercomparison validation campaigns that may also be carried out in Romania.
Two sites were chosen: Bucharest, a large urban environment with a lot of emissions from traffic – the image above clearly shows the large cloud of nitrogen dioxide emitted from the city, and the Jiu Valley where the large Turceni and Rovinari power stations generate localised plumes.
A Cessna-207 research aircraft, which logged 50 hours of flight, weather balloons and two kinds of unmanned aircraft carried a range of sensors to measure the distribution of nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and aerosols. Measurements were also taken from instruments on the ground for comparison.
The multitude of measurements, which are now being analysed, will form an important dataset to help assess the quality of the data from Sentinel-5P.
As its name suggests, Sentinel-5 Precursor is the forerunner of the Sentinel-5 instrument that will be carried on the MetOp Second Generation satellites expected to be operational in 2021.
Since air pollution is an immediate concern, Sentinel-5P is crucial for monitoring and forecasting global air quality, and for arming decision-makers with important information to support policy making until Sentinel-5 takes over.

The President of the French Space Agency, Jean-Yves Le Gall meets the President of the Romanian Space Agency, Marius-Ioan Piso, in Bucharest
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Sunday, 26 October 2014   

On 24 October CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall met Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) for a meeting organised in Bucharest.

The meeting gave Mr Le Gall and Mr Piso the opportunity to discuss preparations for ESA’s forthcoming Ministerial Council meeting on 2 December in Luxembourg. The two agency heads reviewed issues relating to European launchers, the future of the International Space Station (ISS) and relations between ESA and European Union.

As coordinator of Romanian space activities, ROSA aims to develop Romania's industrial capabilities, particularly in science and technology, to intensify Romania's participation in ESA and European Union programmes, and on fostering international cooperation.

After the meeting, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “Marius-Ioan Piso and I had a very constructive meeting. Our fruitful discussions today will help us to prepare in the best way possible for the key forthcoming rendezvous that are set to prove decisive for the future of spacefaring Europe.”

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ROSA is organising the "Goods and Services Related to Space Applications" workshop, 28 October 2014, Bucharest
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014   

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) together with the Integrated Applications and Telecommunications Directorate of the European Space Agency (ESA) are organising the workshop "Goods and Services Related to Space Applications", which will take place in Bucharest, at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, on 28 October 2014.

The hosts of this workshop, ESA and ROSA, aim to bring the authorities and potential users of integrated applications using space technology (but not only) face to face with providers of technological solutions for this purpose. Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso, ROSA CEO, and Prof. Amnon Ginat, Head of Integrated Applications at ESA, are pleased to invite you to participate at this event.

Registrations can be made here, until 24 October 2014.

More details are available here.

World Space Week, celebrated in Romania
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014   

At the 15th year when it is celebrated worldwide, World Space Week was coordinated in our country, like every time since 1999, by the Romanian Space Agency, during 4-10 October 2014.

During this week, nationally there were organized over 50 activities dedicated to space and especially to satellite navigation systems, such as GPS and Galileo.

The event was marked by activities organized in 20 counties, but, as usual, the demonstrations were not limited to the cities of the county, being held including in rural areas.

For example, at Tritenii de Jos, Cluj County, the "Pavel Dan" Secondary School celebrated the event under the coordination of Mrs. Lavinia Cristurean under the motto "Find your way", by organizing a communication session on "satellite navigation systema", a drawing contest - "space through the eyes of children", building models of Earth artificial satellites, and exploring our planet through Google Earth.

In Borca, Neamţ County, 30 children started a "journey into space" on 5 October, performing under the direction of Mrs. Gladiola Bondar, a series of drawings and collages about space and watching videos in this field.

In Barlad, "Sirius" Astronomical Association, together with some schools, conducted a series of activities. "The advantages of GPS monitoring and GPS tracking devices" took place at "Mihai Eminescu" Highschool on 4 October under the direction of Proffesor Ioan Adam, and the next day it was release the 31th number of the "Steps to infinity" magazine.

At Focsani, the Technical College "Traian Vuia" participated in this event for the second consecutive year, with activities such as "A Brief History of Astronomy", "The 7 Wonders of the Solar System", "Saturn - Lord of the Rings", "Looking to infinity" and "Drawing with stardust", coordinated by the teachers Codruţa Preda, Cătălin Preda and Mocanu Epaminonda

More details about the World Space Week are available here.

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