Viorel BOSTAN: “The launch of Moldova’s first satellite – an eloquent proof that UTM meets the highest standards of elite technical education”

The launching into space of the first satellite of the Republic of Moldova – “TUMnanoSAT”, developed, designed, manufactured and assembled at the Technical University of Moldova, is fast approaching. The rector of UTM, prof., Dr. Viorel BOSTAN, revealed his honor to pronounce this extraordinary achievement as the accomplishment of the Bachelor students, Master students, Doctoral students, professors, researchers and engineers of UTM.

– A decade ago, a group of researchers and engineers from the Technical University of Moldova had a wonderful dream – to include the Republic of Moldova in the list of countries capable of undertaking space technologies and sending objects in outer space. Today, I am extraordinarily proud of this achievement we have obtained together, with the students and professors of the Technical University, and now, we are on the eve of the launch of the “TUMnanoSAT” satellite, developed, designed, manufactured and assembled at UTM!

On this occasion, I would like to firstly thank our development partners United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency), who provided us with technical assistance and created this extraordinary opportunity to launch the satellite of the Republic of Moldova in outer space from the International Space Station.

Through this achievement, the Technical University of Moldova has demonstrated that it meets the highest standards of elite technical education. I am extremely proud of the achievements of the students and teachers who, through their efforts, have shown that we are able to tackle and solve complex problems, which are extremely important for the development of any country.

The satellite of the Republic of Moldova, developed at the Technical University of Moldova according to CubeSat standards, will have a crucial role in proving that engineering studies are complex, extraordinarily captivating, and will serve as a catalyst in attracting as many talented young people as possible to choose the field of basic and engineering sciences.

The satellite of the Republic of Moldova that we are going to launch will have several important missions:

  • the study of nanosensors based on nanostructures in space conditions;
  • testing the functionality of various electronic components and algorithms under cosmic radiation conditions;
  • capturing images from outer space and sending them to the terrestrial infrastructure located on the campus of the Technical University of Moldova;
  • testing sensors and algorithms for determining and controlling satellite altitude, as well as various satellite communication protocols.

This first step that we will be taking with the launch of the “TUMnanoSAT” satellite will be followed by other iterations of nanosatellites manufactured and assembled at UTM. Thus, we will confirm that the Technical University of Moldova has a valuable potential, which serves the Republic of Moldova and highlights the fact that, without engineering, a modern society cannot exist.

I thank all my colleagues, Bachelor students, Master students, PhD students, professors, researchers, and engineers of UTM, who have put tremendous effort into proving that we are capable of creating a satellite and launching it into Earth’s orbit, said the rector of UTM, prof., Dr. Viorel BOSTAN.

Keep an eye on the launch and your fingers crossed for Moldova: https://www.spacelaunchschedule.com/…/falcon-9-block-5…/

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