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Heads of Space Agencies Summit, Washington, 10 January 2014

on 10 February 2014

Between 9 and 10 January 2014, the President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Marius-Ioan Piso presented Romania's strategy and position on space exploration at the Heads of Space Agencies Summit (HOSA), organized by the International Academy of Astronautics in Washington. Together with the Minister Delegate for Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technological Development, Mihnea Costoiu, the CEO of ROSA attended the International Space Exploration Forum (ISEF), organized by the Government of the United States. At the event, Marius-Ioan Piso expressed Romania’s interest to develop research and space exploration projects through bilateral and multilateral cooperation that will contribute to the national development of Romania.

On 10 January 2014, Marius-Ioan Piso participated at the IAA Heads of Space Agencies Summit on Space Exploration, which gathered over 30 leaders of world space agencies to debate ways and opportunities for international collaboration, as well as other topics connected with space exploration, such as its economic benefits.

Romania has participated in over 40 space missions with instruments, experiments, expertise and even a cosmonaut. Romania is the second former communist country to become an ESA Member State, and the Romanian Space Agency has recently celebrated 18 years of activity as an independent organisation. Nowadays, Romania participates in several scientific and technological missions such as: space mission Euclid, which studies the role dark energy and matter play in the evolution and expansion of the universe, space mission Gaia, which will map our galaxy in 3D, Proba-3 mission, the world’s first mission to use a pair of satellites that will fly together maintaining a fixed configuration, as well as in space exploration missions such as Exomars. The CEO of ROSA stressed the importance of international collaboration for the success of such missions, as well as for protecting planet Earth from the threats that asteroids and comets present.

The President of ROSA, Marius-Ioan Piso participated at the “Space exploration: LEO and Beyond” round table session. LEO (Low Earth Orbit) missions include research on human health for long duration flights in harsh conditions and testing technologies to be used for missions going beyond.

Other participants in this round table were: Charles F. Bolden (NASA, USA), Jean-Yves Le Gall (CNES, France), Hu Yafeng, (CNSA, China), Luis Valero Artola, (Ministry for Industry, Energy and Tourism, Spain).