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Lituanica SAT-2, a satellite developed by scientists of the Vilnius University (VU) and NanoAvionics company, was launched to space on a rocket from India on Friday morning.
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LituanicaSAT-2
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The satellite was successfully launched shortly after 7 a.m. (Lithuanian time), NanoAvionics said on social media.

The launch is part of the QB50 project aimed at launching a group of small satellites to space to study the lower layers of the thermosphere. Led by the von Karman Institute in Belgium, the project involved scientists from 23 countries and about 50 universities for more than six years, VU said.

QB50 should launch 37 satellites.

The Lithuanian satellite stands out for being fueled by chemical fuel, which is tested for the first time on the tiny satellite.

The first Lithuanian satellites, developed by scientists of the Kaunas University of Technology (LitSat-1) and the Vilnius University (LituanicaSat-1) were launched in early 2014.

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