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The Space has been one of the hidden success stories of European industry in recent years. The technology spin-offs from Space affect industries from medicine to manufacturing. The end user applications affect our lives in every way, from communications at home and work to security, safety, entertainment and travel. The Space Industry covers not just spacecraft but also the manufacturing of the launchers and the ground equipment. Satellites perform many functions autonomously but need to be operated (supervised and controlled) from the ground. Satellites are also insured. These are termed Upstream industries. There is also the much larger Downstream market place.

Space has proven to be one of only a very few sectors where growth has remained resilient through the world-wide recession This has been possible because of the diverse range of customers for Space-enabled services from commercial telecommunications to institutional surveillance. As well as increasing market demand, this growth is built on strong European industrial capabilities in satellite manufacturing, operation, exploration sensing and in downstream applications. Space is perceived differently by different people. To some, Space is about astronauts and robotic craft exploring the universe. In fact Space covers a wide range of activities from commercial communications satellites, through location based services to Science and exploration. Any Space based infrastructure will support a myriad of applications and services. It seems, like ICT, to stimulate (through its disruptive influence) pervasive and continuing improvements in diverse sectors. All of these contribute to and benefit from the Space economy.

The Centre of Excellence for Space Sciences and Technologies (hereinafter -NCST-TUM), has been established by a consortium of Technical University of Moldova, academic institutions and some high-tech SMEs in order to take advantage of the benefits of space technologies and applications in Earth observation, meteorology and astrophysics. The RTD activities of NCST-TUM are focused on medium resolution interactive remote sensing and formation flying missions by involving in these projects a most of students at different ages and education levels. These goals are supported by the concurrent development of micro and nano satellite platforms an advanced ground control infrastructure and satellite integration facilities as well as a multidisciplinary laboratories for developing and testing of satellite systems and components in simulated space environments.

The NCST is the place for most of the activities planned project and it is a subdivision of the Innovation Incubator «Politehnica» of the Technical University of Moldova (TUM) established by Decision 27 March 2012 from TUM Senate under the university interdisciplinary working in accordance with education Law no. 547-XIII of 21 July 1995 of Rep.Moldova, and the Statute of TUM.

In this Center operates scientists, engineers, PhDs, students, implementing research and development of space technologies and promote these technologies for children, pupils from schools and it uses space related themes to increase the interest, willingness of young people for space to enhance school pupils’ knowledge in space technologies. Using the space context it will make the teaching and learning of space subjects more attractive and accessible, pupils can feel more comfortable and familiar with sciences. The NCST team will organize annual series of national or regional training sessions and summer schools for both pupils and school teachers. These are offered in collaboration with European partners who are already active in space education.

Inspiration and motivation for the younger generations throut space technology and innovation



  1. Bostan Ion, academician, Director of the center
  2. Secrieru Nicolae, Vice-director
  3. Candraman Sergiu, Head of Laboratory
  4. Barbovschi Alexandru, Head of astronomic observatory
  5. Margarint Andrei, Head of Ground Station
  6. Gîrșcan Andrian, Head of Laboratory
  7. Levineț Nicolai, Research Assistant
  8. Ilco Valentin, Research Assistant
  9. Jurat Andrian, Research Assistant
  10. Melnic Vladimir, Research Assistant