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PrintEstonia made a step closer to the space sphere

Juhan Tere, BC, Tallinn, 23.10.2012.
Estonia was accepted as the 11th state that became the full member of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference at the organisations XIVth meeting that ended today in Warsaw, LETA/Delfi reports.


Estonia was represented by the Riigikogu space studies support group chairwoman, Riigikogu speaker Ene Ergma and deputy chairman of the support group, state defence committee chairman Mati Raidma.


"Branches of economy that use space satellites are developing fast today," said Ergma, adding that Estonia has worked for the past six years actively in the name of becoming a member of the European Space Agency.


"We have participated already in 12 different science and entrepreneurship programmes in the status of an associated member. As a serious milestone, we will send, in cooperation with ESA, Estonia's first students' satellite to the orbit in 2013," said Ergma.


European Interparliamentary Space Conference is a forum created to design European space policies which gathers together representatives of European parliaments.


During the conference, Ergma had an unofficial meeting with the speaker of the Polish parliament, to discuss more active interparliamentary relations.