During the second UNISEC-Global Meeting, which was held on November 18-20, new UNISEC Local Chapters and Association of Local Chapters were established. Lithuania officially became the member of UNISEC.
Lithuanian space association has been collaborating with Tokyo and Wakiyama universities since 2011. “But officially we became members of UNISEC Global and UNISEC Europe just now. To my knowledge, currently, there are more than 30 members of UNISEC”, – said Lithuanian space association director Vidmantas Tomkus.
According to the vice minister of ministry of economy Marius Skarpuskis being the member of UNISEC Lithuania will have broader opportunities to collaborate and establish connections with other countries from Asia, Oceania, Africa and Latin America. Moreover, in future Lithuania would like to enlarge its collaboration with Japan in the field of design, launch and exploitation of small satellites.
Even though, Lithuania official member of UNISEC became just this year, but students from Lithuanian universities is actively participating in The Mission Idea Contest (MIC). “I am very pleased that this year marks not only our affiliation to the UNISEC family, but also student from Kaunas University of Technology was one of the finalist of the 3rd Mission Idea Contest”, – accented V. Tomkus. The main objectives of the contest is to provide aerospace engineers, college students, consultants interested in space activities with opportunities to present their creative ideas and gain attention internationally.
Furthermore, students from Vilnius University and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University also participate in UNISEC activities. “Joining the UNISEC network not only opens broader possibilities for Lithuania to participate in international space field, but also it will encourage students be more creative, interested in space technologies“ – said Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Antanas Gustaitis aviation institute director Jonas Stankūnas.
UNISEC is global university network. Its main objective is to provide students, scientists with appropriate conditions to share their ideas, create space technologies, which would be adjusted in space. Moreover, this non-profitable organization also promotes practical space development activities. For example, manufacturing, and launching micro satellites at university level. UNISEC organization is trying to create a network where university students can participate in practical space projects in more than 100 countries by the end of 2020.