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104 years ago, on 17 June 1910, on the Cotroceni field, the engineer Aurel Vlaicu took off the ground aboard the first airplane designed, built and piloted in Romania: "Vlaicu 1", built with the support of the Romanian Royal House and the Army at the Army Arsenal’s workshops. Our first "national plane," which raised to a height of only 3-4 meters over a distance of 50 meters, placed Romania immediately after the United States and France in the limited category of states on whose territory an original device, built and piloted by a citizen of that country flew.

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The honorary President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, was re-elected for another three years president of the European branch of the Association of Space Explorers — ASE Europe, during the 2014 European astronaut reunion. The event took place between 7-9 June, in Munich, Germany.

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Today we are celebrating 128 years since the birth of Henri Coanda, aviation pioneer, physicist, inventor of the jet engine and also the discoverer of the effect which bears his name today.

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Marius-Ioan Piso, President of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is a featured speaker at the 30th Space Symposium, taking place between 19-22 May in Colorado Springs, USA. The panel called “Space Agency Leaders” takes place on Thursday, 22 May and will feature only four other heads of space agencies in the world:

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On 14 May, at 17:16:38 UTC, the Soyuz-40 mission was launched, having on board the first Romanian cosmonaut, Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu. The mission was part of the Intercosmos program and lasted 7 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes, 52 seconds. On 15 May, Soyuz-40 docked on Salyut-6 space station. Altogether, the crew orbited the Earth 124 times, a time during which the Romanian cosmonaut studied the Earth's magnetic field. There were also studies on the station’s orientation system and Earth observation studies over the territory of Romania.