Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa congratulated the TUM team on the work done and noted that this historic event will benefit both the scientific community and citizens.
“I am proud of your achievement and the efforts you have made over the past 14 years to reach this moment where a dream has come true. Space exploration brings countless benefits to people, the economy, science and government agencies. We are negotiating with representatives for international companies on the possibility of using satellite data to assess crops or the consequences of natural disasters. This will make government policies clearer and benefit the economy,” the Prime Minister said at the event.
She also addressed the children and encouraged them to follow their dreams and believe in the educational institutions of the Republic of Moldova.
“I hope that you, children, are convinced today that interesting things are being done in the schools and universities of the Republic of Moldova, and that it is even possible to reach the orbit of the planet Earth. Despite all the difficulties, we will continue to invest in education and science. We need to have strong universities linked to European research programs so that we can continue such projects,” said Natalia Gavrilitsa.
TUM Rector Viorel Bostan thanked the team of specialists who worked on the design, testing and launch of the satellite within the framework of the international KiboCUBE project supported by the Japan Aerospace Agency. Moldovan engineers also received help and expertise from colleagues from Romania, Bulgaria and other EU countries.
“14 years ago, the idea came to launch a satellite program so that we could explore outer space and also attract as many young people as possible in the field of technology. We made two attempts to apply to the KiboCUBE program and succeeded in the third. Now we can confidently say that the Republic of Moldova can build satellites, says Viorel Bostan.
The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Moldova, who was present at the event, confirmed the support of the Japanese state for innovative and research projects in the Republic of Moldova.
“I want to congratulate you on your success and express special respect for the work done by the talented team, which gave excellent results. Today, Moldova launched not only a satellite, but also a hope for the future. I am sure that this step will be followed by other projects supported by the Japanese government,” said Ambassador Yoshihiro Katayama.
Our reference: The TUMnanoSAT satellite, built by the Technical University of Moldova, was launched into space on July 12 and delivered to the International Space Station by a SpaceX rocket. The expenses were covered by the international KiboCUBE program that TUM won.