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Space country Lithuania: LitSat-1 and Lituanica SAT-1 mark Lithuania's first foray into space (MISSION DELAYED!)

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A journey into space of first Lithuanian satellites is coming up.The launch of satellites "LitSat-1" and "Lituanica SAT-1" will be carried by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Orbital Sciences Corp., and is scheduled now for January 9th, 2014.

The launch had previously been scheduled for this week, but it was delayed until January due to repairs needed to a pump on the International Space Station, according to NASA.

The first Lithuania's space mission will be a historical event for Lithuania, marking the country's space ambitions and designing its space history.

Lituanica SAT-1 satellite project has been developed by the University of Vilnius and a public agency, Innovative Engineering Projects, in cooperation with Nanoracks, a private company from the USA.

Developers of LitSat-1 project are the Kaunas University of Technology and the Lithuanian Space Federation.

The goal of LitSat-1 satellite is to create a Lithuanian platform to develop domestically-designed satellites which would conduct experiments.  After ensuring all components operated smoothly after the first flights, the scientists will test a Lithuanian-developed piezoelectric guidance system.

Both satellites are expected to stay in orbit for more than six months.

The launch of LitSat-1 is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of of Darius and Girenas heroic flight across Atlantic.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information, visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Click here to see information available to radio amateurs.

Watch the video bellow to learn more about the Lituanica Sat-1 satellite project.

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