Engineering Research Institute Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre of Ventspils University College
The main objective of Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre (VIRAC) is to carry out observations of natural and artificial space radio sources, thus collecting data for fundamental and practical research programmes of radio astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, geophysics, geodynamics, geodesy, coordinate-time service etc.
Type of product or service:
- VIRAC antennas are one of the points of Latvia’s geodetic and gravimetric network;
- One of the VIRAC work groups obtains, processes and analyses satellite images. Remote sensing laboratory is equipped with two satellite image detection systems – APT (low resolution NOAA images) and HRPT (high resolution NOAA and FengYun images);
- VIRAC performs fundamental research of space environment using RT-22 radio telescope. VIRAC also performs applied study of location of space debris;
- Earth is being observed by analysing satellite images received from NOAA.
Collaboration with other organizations in the space technology field:
1. Ministry of Education and Science Republic of Latvia – Development funding of the first Latvian satellite Venta-1.
2. EXPReS: A Production Astronomy e-VLBI Infrastructure.
3. Bremen University of Applied Sciences – Development and launching of the first Latvian satellite Venta-1.
4. Ventspils High Technology Park – Development and launching of the first Latvian satellite Venta-1.
VIRAC in collaboration with Ventspils High Technology Park and Bremen University of Applied Sciences plans to develop the satellite engineering field in Latvia, and to create satellite management centre in Irbene. VIRAC in collaboration with Riga Technical University and Latvia University of Agriculture also plans to create doctoral programme in geomatics.
Number of employees: 55
Address: Inzenieru Street 101, Ventspils, Latvia, LV-3600
Address in Irbene: VIRAC, the district of Ventspils. Ance parish, Irbene, LV-3600
Phone number: +371 6362 9657, +371 6362 8303
E-mail: virac [at] venta [dot] lv
Manager: Aigars Krauze
Contact person: Valdis Avotins
Mobile phone: + 371 29240951
E-mail: valdis [dot] avotins [at] venta [dot] lv