Lithua­nian satel­lite launched to space from In­dia

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS - BNS/TBT Staff

Li­tu­anica SAT-2, a satel­lite de­vel­oped by sci­en­tists of Vil­nius Univer­sity (VU) and Nanoavion­ics com­pany, was launched to space on a rocket from In­dia last Fri­day, June 23.

The satel­lite was suc­cess­fully launched shortly af­ter 7 A.M. (Lithua­nian time), Nanoavion­ics said on so­cial me­dia.

The launch is part of the QB50 project aimed at launch­ing a group of small satel­lites to space to study the lower lay­ers of the ther­mo­sphere. Led by the von Kar­man In­sti­tute in Bel­gium, the project in­volved sci­en­tists from 23 coun­tries and about 50 uni­ver­si­ties for more than six years, VU said. QB50 should launch 37 satel­lites. The Lithua­nian satel­lite stands out for be­ing fu­elled by chem­i­cal fuel, which is tested for the first time on the tiny satel­lite. The first Lithua­nian satel­lites, de­vel­oped by sci­en­tists of the Kau­nas Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (Lit­sat-1) and the Vil­nius Univer­sity (Li­tu­ani­casat-1) were launched in early 2014.

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