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Ūkio ministro E. Gusto kalba susitikime su NASA administratoriumi Charlie Boldenu


2014 03 06


Dear Charles Bolden,

I would like to thank you for the possibility to meet with you and to discuss space policy issues. It is a great pleasure to be at NASA.

First of all, I would like to express our excitement about the historic moment for Lithuania marked by the launch of its first two satellites. The satellites Lituanica SAT-1, developed by the students and young researchers from Vilnius University, and LitSat-1, developed by the Space Science and Technology Institute and Kaunas University of Technology, will be launched into orbit in 2014. We would like to thank NASA for helping these projects to become a reality. Their placement into orbit will serve as a test bed for Lithuanian technologies in space.

In 2010 the Ministry of Economy was appointed as the institution responsible for the development and implementation of the national space policy. Currently, the National Programme on Development of Research, Technologies and Innovation in the Space Sector for 2010-2015 is being implemented in Lithuania. The Programme aims at developing Lithuania’s industrial and scientific potential in the space field.

Moreover, the drafting of the National Science Programme “Towards Technologies of the Future“ (2015-2020) has started. The aim of the Programme is to prepare Lithuanian science for European Space Agency membership. The main areas addressed by it are: fundamental research in space exploration and applied research in space applications; and research for space technologies.

In order to develop and strengthen the capacities of the space sector, Lithuania established relations with the European Space Agency in 2010 by entering into the Cooperation Agreement (ratified in 2011). In 2014 the European Space Agency and Lithuania plan to sign the European Cooperating State (ECS) Agreement. Lithuania’s full membership at the European Space Agency is foreseen in 2020, after signing and implementing the five-year Plan for the European Cooperating State (PECS).

The first steps of cooperation with NASA began during the visit of NASA’s Ames Research Centre director dr. Simon Peter Worden. Lithuania is interested in deepening the collaboration with NASA by using and developing existing competencies in the following space-related fields:      

1) advanced materials, structures and non-destructive testing techniques;
2) Space Medicine;       
3) Mechatronics components for pico, nano and small satellites and autonomous systems;            
4) Optoelectronics and Laser technologies.

Recently, during the Presidency of the EU Council, Lithuania handled two legislative initiatives: Space Surveillance and Tracking support programme (SST) (the progress was made and the file was passed to the Greek Presidency) and Copernicus programme (Lithuania started and completed the whole legislative process by reaching the final agreement between the EU Council and the European Parliament. The Programme should be adopted by the European Parliament and the Council early in 2014).

Last but not least, Lithuania has a unique museum of ethnocosmology. The essence of the museum is the relationship of a man and mankind with the Cosmic World. The museum plans to install the exposition that could demonstrate space achievements and represent the work of various space agencies (including some materials for exhibition and the description/information). We would like to ask you and your appropriate bodies to consider the possibility to cooperate with the museum and contribute to the future exhibition.  

Thank you once again for the possibility to meet with you and to be here at NASA. Let me invite you to visit Lithuania for a further acquaintance with our country and the existing potential in the space field.