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2013.10.25 10:22

Lithuanian Satellite

LRT | Algirdas Acus2013.10.25 10:22

The first Lithuanian-made satellite Lituanica SAT-1 departs for NASA Space Centre in the US to be launched in December.  

The first Lithuanian-made satellite Lituanica SAT-1 departs for NASA Space Centre in the US to be launched in December.

The Baltic country's first satellite is expected to blast off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility on December 8th, after NASA tests in November.

Lituanica SAT-1 is expected to stay in orbit for more than six months and carry out space research. Satellite will also send photos to Lithuania and transmit first Lithuanian words in space said by the President Dalia Grybauskaite: "Best wishes for Lithuanians all around the world".

 

The small satellite weighs only 1.3 kg, and its size is 1000 cubic centimeters. However, this tiny space is stuffed with all necessary modern high-tech electronics.

The satellite project has been developed by the University of Vilnius and a public agency Innovative Engineering Projects, in cooperation with Nanoracks, an USA based private company.

The creators of the first Lithuanian satellite Vytenis Buzas and Laurynas Maciulis decided to name it 'LituanicaSAT-1”,  in commemoration of the 80th anniversary of Darius and Girenas' heroic flight.

The pilots flew the legendary Lithuanian plane from the interwar period – “Lituanica” - from the United States across the Atlantic Ocean and on to Lithuania, in 1933. Having successfully overcome 6,411 km, the plane crashed, due to undetermined circumstances, 650 kilometres from its destination Kaunas, Lithuania. The flight equalled, and in some aspects surpassed, the first ever Charles Lindbergh's flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
 

SIMONAS KAREIVA, Head of the 'Lituanica Sat-1' mission:
 

Because of radio retranslation, it will be possible to have an amateur radio connection. Wide angle photo is also one of our satellite's functions. At a certain moment, it will take a photo of a certain Earth's part and send it back to the Earth, and we’ll try to get a picture of Lithuania.
 

LAURYNAS MACIULIS, Head of the 'Lituanica Sat-1' mission:
 

Our main challenge is to maintain a continuous radio communication, software will also be tested. We created it, and this was one of most challenging stages of this project. It would be a great success, if the software worked properly in space. 

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