Romania has joined European partners in two programmes of the European Space Agency (ESA) of strategic importance – The International Space Station (ISS) and the development of the Ariane 6 rocket – said on Wednesday Minister-delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development Mihnea Costoiu, in a press release.
The decision was taken by the Ministerial Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) on Wednesday held in Luxembourg, reads the source.
‘Through our country’s involvement, we offer to the Romanian space industry the opportunity to join the race for the development of contracts for components for the European launchers, as well as development opportunities for the future. The accepting of Romania in this programme, together with only 11 other Member States, proves that our country already has competitive industrial capabilities’, said Mihnea Costoiu, present at the event, according to the press release.
During the council, the representatives of the 20 ESA member states, among them Romania, have decided upon the action plans regarding the development of the new European rockets Vega C and Ariane 6.
Another important decision regarding Romania is its involvement, together with other European states, in financing the International Space Station. Through the entry into the ESA program dedicated to the Space Station, Romania becomes co-owner of the Station, together with other European states, as well as international partners (USA, Canada, Russia and Japan).
‘Romania’s involvement in these programmes proves that our country’s potential in research and innovation is starting to produce concrete results and that investments in this realm are legitimate and justified. Today, Romania, a member state of the ESA, is the 12th European country and the 16th country in the world to own a percentage of the International Space Station, which is both a reason for pride, but also for trust in the future of the Romanian space industry’, said the Minister.
Romania’s delegation to the ESA Ministerial Council was completed by State Secretary of the Ministry of National Education, Tudor Prisecaru, and the Chairman of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Marius-Ioan Piso.
The member states of the ESA, meeting at a ministerial level in Luxembourg, have reached a ‘historical agreement’ regarding the building of a new rocket, Ariane 6, that would become functional starting with 2020, Spanish news agency EFE reports, quoting the ESA announcement.
Europe has convened on a global budget of 8 billion euro over 10 years, for launch rockets. Half of this sum is destined for the Ariane 6 rocket and also comprises the construction of a cosmodrome in Kourou, in the French Guyana, AFP reports. The purpose of this ambitious project is to keep the pace with the growing competition in the realm of launch rockets.