The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is the coordinator of Romania’s national and international space activities. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is a public institution entirely self-funded, operating under Government Decision no. 923/20.11.1995 and the subsequent decisions of the Ministry of Education and Research - National Authority for Scientific Research and Innovation (A.N.C.S.I.).
The mission of the Romanian Space Agency has four major components:
As a coordinator of national space research and applications programme, ROSA designs and coordinates the implementation of the National Space Programme. Following its objectives, the Agency is authorised to establish research and development centers.
As the representative of the Government, ROSA established cooperation agreements with international organisations such as the European Space Agency (ESA) or the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), 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, approved by Law no. 262/2011 - 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.
Starting 2004, the Romanian Space Agency is led by President Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso who is also the Executive Director of the Agency since 1995. The cosmonaut Dumitru Dorin Prunariu is the Honorary President of the Agency since 2004.