Cyprus on the map for space exploration
Marios Demetriades, Cypriot Minister of Transport, said the Cypriot team behind the “Arachnobeea” project that won NASA’s international Space Apps Challenge, put the island's presence on the map in the field.
The Cypriot team "Arachnobeea has been invited by NASA to attend the launch of a space rocket this September, after winning an international award for a project they did of the world’s first zero-g drone.
On the occasion of their success, the Cyprus Space Exploration Organisation organised an event in Nicosia during which the team presented its project and received the congratulations of the Ministry and various Embassies.
Arachnobeea was selected recently by a NASA judging committee, among over 950 other projects from 135 locations worldwide, as one of the 6 global winners in the framework of the NASA International Space Apps Challenge. The runner-up team of the Space Apps Challenge Limassol 2015 was the global winner in the "Best Mission Concept" category.
The team comprises people from Cyprus, Ukraine, Serbia and Romania. Creators of Arachnobeea are Mihailo Kitanovic, Christos Antoniou, Charalambos Leventis, Adrian Carlan, Aleksandar Bozic, Iurii Fomenco, Visnja Durovic, Dragan Colovic, Ljubodrag Bozic and Nikola Gacic.
In his speech, the Minister of Transport congratulated the team for their success and said that this confirms Cyprus` presence on the space map.
Space technology, he said, is a very important sector and is applied in telecommunications, weather forecast, even financial services. Cyprus, he said, attributes great importance in this industry and noted that it is for this reason that Nicosia will further strengthen its relationship with ESA and move to the next stage of becoming a full member.
The video to there project can be found here.