X
Latvia.travel mobile app. Your official guide for travelling in Latvia.
Download

You are here

Latvia's first satellite to be launched into orbit at end-2011 or beginning of 2012

07.09.2011

Latvia's first satellite "Venta-1" will be launched into orbit with Indian carrier rocket at the end of this year or with Russian carrier rocket at the beginning of 2012.

Latvia's first satellite "Venta-1" will be launched into orbit with Indian carrier rocket at the end of this year or with Russian carrier rocket at the beginning of 2012, Saeima member Dana Reizniece (Union of Greens and Farmers) told reporters today.

At the moment, Lithuania and Estonia are also working on their own satellites. However, Latvia will most likely be the first one to launch its satellite. "Venta-1" will differ from other Baltic satellites in size and weight. The Latvian satellite will weigh 7.5 kilograms, the Lithuanian - two to three kilograms, whilst the Estonian - one kilogram.

"Venta-1" is designed for implementation of Automatic Identification System (AIS) and a system of satellites, developed by German space technologies company "OHB-System AG" in navigation. The University of Bremen, Ventspils University College and Ventspils High Technology Park also participate in the project.

University of Bremen lecturer and "OHB Technology AG" scientist, Indulis Kalnins, informed that the satellite's main cargo will be AIS receiver. This system will provide real-time data about navigation throughout the world.

The Swedish company "Microtec AAT" will have a separate module on "Venta-1" to test the "Plug-And-Play" technology, which was developed for the U.S. military needs.

The satellite's weight and shape has changed over the course of its development. It was intended to be smaller, however, now, every element has a backup, and the satellite will remain functional even if some elements cease to work, emphasized Kalnins.

The satellite's signals will be picked up by three stations - Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center in Irbene, a back up station in Bremen, and a station in South Tyrol, Italy.

Latvian Academy of Sciences President Juris Ekmanis emphasized the importance of Latvia's first satellite and added that this is certainly an important day for Latvia. "From now on, space technologies will definitely develop in Latvia," added Ekmanis.

Related news
Rye bread is one of Latvia’s most popular traditional foods. The dark bread has been baked in Latvia for hundreds of years, with the bread making process itself rich in tradition. It is also a popular...
  Over the past several days, world famous actor Jackie Chan has been filming scenes from his new movie at the "Aerodium" vertical wind tunnel in Jelgava (central Latvia), during which he...
Latvia's seashore is more popular with Lithuanian vacationers than the Lithuanian seaside resort town of Palanga, since the Latvian resorts are more hospitable and offer cheaper and accommodation of...
This summer, as well as this upcoming autumn, several television channels from Italy, Ukraine, Japan and Russia have already or intend to film scenes on tourism opportunities in Latvia, Latvian Tourism...