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Romania racing to become second EU country to launch its own satellite


The Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics Association (ARCAspace), said it focuses on building rockets and high altitude balloons and have scheduled a launch of the first Romanian satellite for early June, according to eureporter.co.

Romania will put into orbit its first space satellite, becoming the second country in the EU after France to have done so.

The first Romanian satellite will be launched from the Black Sea area using a rocket designed and manufactured exclusively in Romania. 

The Romanian Cosmonautics and Aeronautics Association aims to win the €10 million prize offered by the European Commission to stimulate the European aerospace industry, to build satellite launch missiles with a low impact on the environment and a low launch cost.

„The company has previously blasted into the higher layers of the atmosphere, two stratospheric rockets, four large-scale stratospheric balloons, including a cluster-type balloon and received two government contracts with the Romanian Government and a contract with the European Space Agency. It is also in the process of devising EcoRocket – a semi-reusable, steam-powered missile,” stated ARCAspace on their Facebook page.

ARCAspace explained in a statement that the missions that ARCAspace launch include naval operations which are the most complex type of mission and that they require an exceptional effort to coordinate operations, in close cooperation with actively involved naval and military and civil aviation units.

„The security measures of the launch are exceptional, and we are proud of a 100% safety percentage (…) In the meantime, the volume of information needed to be gathered in order to prepare for the June space launch is staggering. There are very demanding requirements to be met in order for everything to go according to plan,” said ARCAspace.