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Romania at the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of UN COPOUS

on 07 February 2020

The President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Dr. Phys. Marius-Ioan Piso, is leading the Delegation of Romania at the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space Vienna (COPOUS) which is taking place in Vienna, 03 - 14 February 2020.

As part of its Romania’s delegation statement, the ROSA President presented some of Romania’s activities, since the last session of the Sub-Committee.

During the first semester of 2019, Romania chaired the Council of the European Union having Space as an important item on the agenda. In this capacity, Romania started the negotiations on the European Union Space Program for 2012-2027, having as major content the Satellite navigation (Galileo and EGNOS), Earth Observation (Copernicus), Space Situational Awareness and secure Space communications (GOVSATCOM).

Romania also conducted and finalised, together with the European Space Agency, the revival process of the formal EU-ESA Space Council which met for the last time in 2011. The EU and ESA ministers have met on the 28th May under the theme “Space as an Enabler” and discussed European Space Policy, strengthening Europe's role as a global actor in the field of space, and highlighted how research and innovation are a driving force for a more competitive European Union.

The statement also included the fact that in 2019 Romania committed substantially to the European Space Agency program Space19+, participating in all major programs on Science and Exploration, Human Spaceflight, Safety and Security, Earth Observation, Telecommunications and Integrated Applications, Navigation, Space transportation.

During the past year, Romania - by the Romanian Space Agency - became a member of the International Space Exploration Coordination Group (ISECG).

Mr Piso also mentioned Romania’s continued the participation to several missions:

  • Space science with Euclid, Juice and LISA collaboration
  • ESA mission ALTIUS which will measure both stratospheric ozone and other atmospheric trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide and aerosols that affect air quality
  • ESA - UK mission TRUTHS which will improve the capability to estimate radiative imbalance underlying climate change
  • In the domain of Space debris, Romanian entities take in the development of collision avoidance tools and the commitment to the ESA programme developing In-orbit servicing and active debris removal missions
  • In the domain of Near-Earth Objects, Romanian scientists and engineers took part in the definition and development phase of the ESA mission called HERA devoted to asteroids survey, as well as contributed to the Solar coronagraph for the PROBA-3 ESA mission

Two important conferences organised by ROSA in 2019 were also mentioned:

The President of the Romanian Space Agency concluded the speech by presenting the position of the Romanian Delegation concerning the Agenda items. Romania’s delegation welcomes the establishment of the working group on the long-term sustainability of outer space activities and we offer to participate with expertise and management as needed in the definition of its Terms of Reference, methods of work and workplan.

Further details about the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee 2020 are available here.

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