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New scientific infrastructure is helping Bulgarian astronomers explore space objects with unique radio observations

LOFAR station in Onsala, Sweden. The low-band antennas (10-90 MHz) are visible on the left, and the high-band antennas (110-240 MHz) - on the right. Source: ASTRON A new scientific infrastructure complex, coordinated by the Institute of Astronomy with National Astronomical Observatory (IA with NAO), will be included in the updated National Roadmap for Scientific Infrastructure 2021-2027 (NRSI). Over the last half century, our knowledge of the universe has been enriched by astronomical observations in the optical, infrared, and ultraviolet regions. But one region of the electromagnetic spectrum remains poorly studied - the low-frequency radio range, indicated the Institute of Astronomy. The LOFAR project for the first Bulgarian radio astronomy observatory, proposed by a team from the Institute of Astronomy with National Astronomical [...]

2020-05-22T19:56:02+03:00Thursday, 21 May 2020|Categories: Astronomy, Space Research and Technologies|

Copernicus Hackathon – Sofia 2020

Copernicus Hackathon - Sofia 2020, which is part of the European Copernicus program, as been running since 24 April. The event is being held for the second time since the successful 2019 edition, and this year, due to COVID-19, it is being held online. Bulgaria is the first EU country to succeed in reorganizing the planned live competition - in an online format, allowing participants from 10 EC countries to be involved. The main topics of the event are: "Smart Cities", " Monitoring of the Danube and the Black Sea", "Earth Observation & Artificial Intelligence for E-Government" as well as specific challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic: "Monitoring of the changes in air pollution," "Water Quality Assessment" as well as "Assessment of the geographical distribution [...]

2020-04-29T17:53:50+03:00Wednesday, 29 April 2020|Categories: Astronomy, Space Research and Technologies|

The Space Research and Technology Institute presented new projects

Bulgarian space foods, drones’ capabilities demonstrations and the newest ideas for remote earth sensing from space are just some of the topics that the Space Research and Technology Institute at BAS (SRTI-BAS) spoke about on its Open Door Day on the occasion of the 50th anniversary from its establishment. For the first time, the institute also showed a pilot training simulator. There is also a Technology Transfer Center in SRTI-BAS. A three-dimensional model of Sofia created on the basis of satellite images for analysis and evaluation of air pollution showed the scientists. Another current project is related to the determination of water quality owing to satellite images from space – it has been applied to Varna Lake and Iskar Dam on a test basis. The [...]

2019-11-19T18:05:02+02:00Friday, 15 November 2019|Categories: Astronomy, Space Research and Technologies|

50 years of space research at BAS place Bulgaria on the world map of space countries

For 50 years, scientists at the Space Research and Technology Institute have made Bulgaria the 18th space state in the world, creating more than 150 devices which have been flying on the International Space Station and in orbit around Mars. The director of the institute, Prof. Rumen Nedkov, said that during the celebration. The solemn meeting on the occasion of the anniversary was held on 6 November in “Prof. Marin Drinov” Hall at BAS. Prof. Nedkov also emphasized that SRTI – BAS is in a long-term international partnership with institutions such as the European Space Agency, ROSCOSMOS and the space research institutes of Japan and India. […]

2019-11-12T13:38:26+02:00Thursday, 7 November 2019|Categories: Astronomy, Space Research and Technologies, General Academic News|Tags: |

Seven cosmonauts together at BAS on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the flight of Georgi Ivanov

An exhibition of photographs from the flight of the first Bulgarian cosmonaut can be seen until April 14 at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The exhibition is shown for the first time and is prepared by the Institute of Space Research and Technology of BAS. […]

ISRT-BAS apparatus operates in orbit around Mars

The Trace Gas Orbiter satellite launched under the European and Russian Space agencies’ project ExoMars reached Mars in October 2016. During TGO transit to Mars our dosemeter Liuli-MO (a unit of the Russian neutron detector FREND) performed perfectly, and we obtained unique results about the radiation environment along an Earth-Mars journey. These results are already published in ICARUS journal (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.icarus.2017.12.034). […]