International conference “Space Economy in the Multipolar World” is the biggest space-related event in the Baltic states
Conference is aimed to encourage:
- cooperation between local and international governmental offices, scientists, businessmen, and investors;
- application of research results into the creation of space technologies and implementation of such technologies into research and development of new products and services;
- creation and development of space segment in Baltic states;
- our intention to participate in progressive and prospective space activities.
Conference is organized and takes part in a small country with its own history of participating in space activities which has prepared and is implementing National program of space research, technologies and innovation development during 2010-2015 and is re-involving itself into creation and implementation of space technologies and is developing its own competence in the field. Furthermore, this country is in perfect geographical position where space-related representatives from both Eastern and Western countries can meet.
Conference is organized for the second time and is becoming the annual event, inviting governmental officers, scientists, businessmen, economists, investors, students and all space fans to discuss on actual questions of space economy.
The first conference „Space Economy in the Multipolar World, 2010 (SEMW’10)“ was held October 6-8, 2010 in Vilnius.
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In 2010 conference questions discussed were as follows: usage of modern technologies in space; satellite legal registration; small satellite launch possibilities; services of navigation, Earth observation and telecommunication satellites.
38 oral and 12 poster presentation were made during the conference by representatives from NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ESA (European Space Administration), ESPI (European Space Policy Institute), UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs), ISU (International Space University), CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spaciales), EUSC (European Union Satellite Centre), AZO (Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen) and others to the participants from 15 countries.
For the first time in Lithuanian history small satellites were exposed during the conference.
3rd round table discussion on cooperation of Baltic states in space field took place in which space segment representatives from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia together with the guests from other countries of the region had discussed questions as follows: creation and development of products for monitoring of Baltic region environment and security; creation of smart transport systems; participating in common European foreign and security policy and Earth observation programs dedicated to UN peacekeeping, NATO, EU police, EU anti-pirate navy missions; cooperation possibilities in creating and standardizing of small satellite platforms and components; and other questions.
During the conference the Agreement Between the Government of the Resublic of Lithuania and the European Space Agency Concerning Space Cooperation for Peacefull Purposes was signed by mr. Dainius Kreivys, Minister of Economy of Republic of Lithuania and mr. Peter Hulsroj, Director of Legal Affairs and External Relations of European Space Agency. This step has opened possibilities for Lithuanian science and business to take part into creation and implementation of space technologies actively, to increase competitiveness of business and whole country and thus contribute to public prosperity.
Conference drew huge attention of mass media and participants.
Pictures by Saulius Lapienis and ELTA