ESTCube and UT Tartu Observatory's space blog will introduce the Nordic and Baltic space scene
The goal of the Space Travel blog is to give a thorough insight of the public and private space ventures in Estonia and neighboring regions.
The first two posts will be a throwback to the first Estonian space mission ESTCube-1, following the project from the start of the idea to the end of operations. UT Tartu Observatory associate professor Andris Slavinskis is certain that sharing the story of ESTCube-1 is still relevant and inspiring. "The ESTCube-1 CubeSat was a trailblazing project for Estonian and regional space sector. The impact is immense – we wouldn't have gotten to the current ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA projects at that speed without the experience of building this tiny satellite," says Slavinskis.
The two-part ESTCube-1 story will give a more technical overview of the CubeSat and its launch. Yet, it has also captured the occasionally emotional challenges of young engineers when building something from scratch. In the future, the blog will not focus only on small satellites but on a broader range of topics. For example, the forthcoming posts will introduce the Finnish scientist's concept of megasatellide constellation, which proposes creating a settlement suitable for humans to dwarf planet Ceres orbit. Another contributed post will explain why scientists are studying space dust in ESA. "Baltic and Nordic scientists and entrepreneurs work on a multitude of different projects. We aim to introduce the most exciting ones, while working with local artists." shares Slavinskis the plans for the blog.
Additional information: Andris Slavinskis, Associate Professor at the Department of Space Technology at Tartu Observatory, andris.slavinskis [ät] ut.ee