For the first time ever, this year Lithuania launched into the space 2 satellites. To mark this historical event, Lithuania Post is going to release a new postage stamp that will appear in circulation this Saturday, September 20.
The stamps designed by the artist Evelina Paukštytė feature the both Lithuanian satellites launched into the space: LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1. The new stamp will be released in the edition of 132ths with a nominal value of LTL 2.90 (EUR 0.84).
Along with the stamp, a booklet in the edition of 3000 copies and two first day covers will be released.
By launching into the space the first 2 Lithuanian satellites LituanicaSAT-1 and LitSat-1, on 9 January 2014, Lithuania joined the group of countries that have entered the space. The Lithuanian satellites flew around the orbit for six months.
The satellites collected information about communications systems, took the photos of the Earth, Sun, and Moon, tested FM transmitters the signal of which was received by radio fans in more than 20 countries.
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation AMSAT has assigned the satellite LituanicaSAT-1 an international number LO-78. Such numbers are assigned to the satellites that meet the requirements set for communications satellite.
The launch of the satellites is a big step made by Lithuania towards design and development of more complex projects.