SA-SGW 2015

Delegate Information

This page will give you some useful information concerning the South American Space Generation Workshop (SA-SWG), in order to facilitate your planning and to encourage your participation.

You can be sure it will be worth it!

How do I secure my spot at SA-SGW 2015?

What is included in the SA-SGW 2015?

What do I need to know about SA-SGW 2015?

What does it cost?


 How do I secure my spot at SA-SGW 2015?

Step 1: You visit the AP-SGW 2014 Homepage and apply online

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Step 2: SGAC reviews your application for approval/denial

Step 3: If your application is approved, you will receive a confirmation email with more details on how to secure your place for SA-SGW 2015

Admissions are rolling. This means applications are reviewed as they come in. The sooner you apply, the sooner your application will be reviewed for approval, the sooner you can secure your AP-SGW, and start making your travel arrangements!

The South American Regional Space Generation Workshop 2015 attendance is limited to 50 people, so only the most motivated applicants will attend.

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 What is included in the SA-SGW 2015?

The SA-SGW includes the attendance to the Space Generation Workshop 2015 and the following points:

  • SA-SGW Delegate Handbook
  • SA-SGW Delegate Welcome Pack
  • SA-SGW Opening Dinner
  • SA-SGW Gala Dinner
  • WIFI available at the venue
  • Coffee breaks on the 4th, and 5th May
  • SA-SGW Cultural Night
  • Speakers, Staff and material needed for the working groups
  • Your SA-SGW Badge, which will give you access to all of the above

What do I need to know about SA-SGW 2015?

You can find a link to the preliminary timetable of SA-SGW events. More info on the specific working group topics is available on the website.

You should plan to arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 3rd, when we will have an optional welcome evening for all delegates and staff prior to the actual meeting days of May 4th and 5th.

The dress code for SA-SGW is business casual, however the dress code is formal clothing or your local national costume for the final gala closing dinner.

There is no specific packing list, but here are some things you might want to take:

  • Passport and Tourist VISA (if required)
  • A laptop computer for SA-SGW work (if you have one)
  • An electrical adapter to change voltage or shape connector for any appliances brought overseas
  • Notebook
  • Business cards

 What does it cost?

Thanks to the incredible support of our sponsors, registration for the SA-SGW 2015 event is FREE. As we are a volunteer organisation, any donation is a valuable contribution. Please use the donation button below to donate any amount you can spare for the SGAC SA-SGW, thank you!

 

SGAC is proud to be hosting the 1st SA-SGW event in association with the 8th Argentine Congress of Space Technology (8th CATE). In order to continue to organise initiatives in the South American region, SGAC kindly asks for donations from delegates. More information on how you can donate to SGAC activities in the South American region will be detailed in your SA-SGW confirmation letter, or can be found here.

About Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Río de la Plata, on the continent's southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third-largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around fifteen and a half million.

The city of Buenos Aires is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the Province's capital; rather, it is an autonomous district. In 1880, after decades of political infighting, Buenos Aires was federalized and removed from Buenos Aires Province. The city limits were enlarged to include the towns of Belgrano and Flores; both are now neighborhoods of the city. The 1994 constitutional amendment granted the city autonomy, hence its formal name: Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires). Its citizens first elected a Chief of Government (i.e. Mayor) in 1996; before, the Mayor was directly appointed by the President of the Republic.

Language

The official language of Argentina is Spanish. Most hotel staffs can speak English.

Climate and Expected Weather

Buenos Aires has a humid subtropical climate, with very humid summers and mild winters. The warmest month is January, with a daily average of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F). Most days see temperatures in the 28 to 31 °C (82 to 88 °F) with nights between 16 to 21 °C (61 to 70 °F). Heat waves from Brazil can push temperatures above 35 °C (95 °F), yet the city is subject to cold fronts that bring short periods of pleasant weather and crisp nights. Relative humidity is 64–70% in the summer, so the heat index is higher than the true air temperature. The highest temperature ever recorded was 43.3 °C (110 °F) on 29 January 1957. Spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are generally mild and volatile, with averages temperatures of around 17 °C (63 °F) and frequent thunderstorms, especially during the spring.

Currency & Banking

The “peso” is the currency of Argentina, identified by the symbol $ preceding the amount in the same way as many countries using dollar currencies. It is subdivided into 100 centavos. Its ISO 4217 code is ARS. Several earlier currencies of Argentina were also called "peso"; as inflation progressed a new currency with a few zeroes dropped and a different qualifier (peso national currency, peso law 18188, peso argentino) was introduced. Since 1970, thirteen zeroes have been dropped (a factor of ten trillion). Nowadays the equivalency with US dollar goes from 1 dollar = 9 pesos (official exchange rate) to 1 dollar = 13 pesos (unofficial rate).

SA-SGW 2015: About SA-SGW and its goals

The South American Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW) is a two-day regional workshop for university students and young professionals in the South America region in conjunction with the 8th Argentine Congress of Space Technology (8th CATE) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 6th – 8th 2015.
During the 1st SA-SGW, delegates have a unique opportunity to engage with high level space sector leaders, professionals and academics. The agenda includes panels, discussions, and working groups on current space topics. In the working groups segment, participants will collaborate with peers as well as experienced specialists on the topics of:

  • Education and space outreach programs
  • South American Space Agency
  • Technology and research advancements in South America and what it will take to grow the South American region
  • Mars missions simulations in South America
To conclude the workshop, the output from these working groups will be presented at the SA-SGW and further submitted as SGAC recommendations to United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).

SA-SGW 2015: What is my role?

As a participant of the first South America – Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW), your role is to be an active member of the South American space community: learn, grow, and network.

At SA-SGW most of your time will be spent discussing and debating with other delegates on the four themes targeted at increasing the proliferation as well as collaboration on space activities in the South American region. The conclusions of these working groups will be presented at the end of the congress to the other delegates but also in a wider forum the following week at the 8th Argentine Congress of Space Technology (8th CATE). After the congress, results from these working sessions will be turned into reports that will be widely disseminated in the space community and at the United Nations. This is your opportunity to be heard in space policy!

We will also have current leaders of the international space sector share their experiences and perspectives. They will assist with the projects and talk about skills that are important in becoming the next generation of space sector leaders.

The SA-SGW offers numerous opportunities for delegates to learn about and contribute to space policy, meet other future leaders of the space community, and develop professionally.

Accommodation

Here are some recommended accommodations:

Madero Buenos Aires

Rosario Vera Peñaloza 360, Puerto Madero, C1107CLA Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 5776-7777

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Website: http://www.hotelmadero.com

 

Unique Art Madero

Chile 80 | Puerto Madero - San Telmo, Buenos Aires 1205, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 4348-0600

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Website: http://www.uniquehotels.com.ar/unique-art-madero/

 

Hotel Babel

Balcarce 946 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1064AAT, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 4300-8300

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Website: http://www.hotelbabel.com.ar/

 

Liberty Hotel Corrientes

632, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 5279-0000

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Website: http://www.liberty-hotel.com.ar/

 

Hotel Uthgra de las Luces

Alsina 525, Buenos Aires 1087AAG, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 4343-6776

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Website: http://www.uthgradelasluces.com.ar/

 

King's Hotel

Av. Corrientes 623, C1043AAG, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 4322-8161/8222

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Website: http://www.kingshotel.com.ar/


725 Continental Hotel

Av. Roque Sáenz Peña 725, C1035AAC. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 4131-8000

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Website: http://www.725continental.com/

 

Sarmiento Suites

Sarmiento 674, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ph: (+54) 11 4393-8997/8960/9035

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Website: http://www.sarmientosuites.com.ar/

 

Hotel Moreno Buenos Aires

Moreno 376 C1091 Buenos Aires Capital Federal

Ph: (+54) 11 6091-2000

Website: http://morenobuenosaires.com/es/

SA-SGW 2015: Working Group Topics

One of the primary components of the South American Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW) is the working group sessions. Each delegate is assigned into one of four groups. The groups in the break-out sessions discuss a pertinent space topic, which is guided by Subject Matter Experts from the field, who will join these working groups to support them with knowledge to make the group discussions more fruitful. The preliminary conclusions of each group are presented to the rest of the delegates on the last afternoon of SA-SGW and the final conclusions are written into reports that are presented at the Argentine Congress of Space Technology.

The four workshop topics of this year are:

1. Education and Space Outreach Programs – how can South America get more involved and stay motivated?
2. South American Space Agency – can/should it be realized?
3. Space Technology and Research Advancements in South America – what will it take to grow the SA region?
4. Mars mission simulations in South America – how/what can SA contribute?


 1. Education and Space Outreach Programs – how can South America get more involved and stay motivated?

It has been shown that space capabilities improve many aspects of people's lives and that societies are becoming more reliant on them through time. Space capabilities have thus become essential for the critical infrastructure for the world. Nevertheless, their positive impact and far-reaching consequences are usually underestimated by the people, even more by those among developing countries. This is problematic as it represents a real threat that put space-activities that could benefit a country at risk. This must be changed.

The Working Group can explore:

• What would be the best model for successful outreach of the benefits of space technologies and their impact to the general public?

• What are effective tools used to empower the target audience with a tangible outreach and education plan?

• Evaluation of key challenges that developing countries in the SA region face in improving space science education with regards to capacity building, funding prospects, institutional hurdles etc.

The Working Group can propose recommendations on: 

• A sustainable plan for space science education and outreach by developing countries in the SA region

• How to foster awareness among the general public on the importance of space science education in their daily lives

• What are the Asian or African regions doing with regards to this topic; is there anything that works for them that could work for the SA region?


 2. South American Space Agency – can/should it be realized?

The idea of establishing a South American Space Agency is not new. There have been many discussions about this for a while, and there was even an agreement by the UNASUR (South American Nations Union for its acronyms in Spanish) to create such space agency. The initiative was carried out by an Argentinean general, with a more military oriented collaboration. Brazil was proposed as an option to be the headquarters for this space agency. However, there seemed not to be that much support from the SA region both financially and logistically. Therefore, such space agency has not been established as of today. The existence of a South American Space Agency would allow access to a common orbital vector, which would lower costs and be always accessible. The best method to share costs in a joint effort like this would be to calculate them in relationship to the gross domestic product of each SA nation.

The European Space Agency (ESA) has been a successful model for regional space collaboration with its development of Europe’s space capability and the delivery of continuous benefits to the citizens of Europe. Is it possible for countries in South America to establish such kind of cooperation to stimulate the development and application of capabilities in the space sector, which will allow undertaking missions far beyond the scope of what any single country in South America could do on its own?

The Working Group can explore:

• Challenges experienced on initially creating a South American Space Agency

• Possibility of establishing a South American Space Agency by 2030s

• Challenges to organize such Agency

• Pros/cons to realize such cooperation

The Working Group can propose recommendations on:

• How to ensure the political and legal practicalities in the creation of this regional cooperation

• Best practices for a regional cooperation in the future in case the establishment of such cooperation is concluded not feasible

• Methods to further cooperation in the space sector among SA countries in the near-term, with or without such Agency


 3. Technology and Research Advancement in SA – What will it take to grow the SA region

South America is emerging as a leading market for growth and development. The region has witnessed a decade of relatively high growth. Inspite of its rise, the gap with developed countries is still significant. There is a high tide of inequality within the SA region. Quality of education is highly uneven, and the investment on research and development is insufficient.

When most of the developing countries are marking for the Space-Age, the South American region is yet to make the mark. There is a greater urge for investment on research and development. Given the abundance of fresh water and natural resources the SA region can be a greater potential for space industry.

The Working Group can explore:

• The challenges to obtain government and private investment for technology and research development

• Best practices to obtain funds to start and/or continue research of space activities given the lack of government investment

The Working Group can propose recommendations on:

• The best approach to obtain greater participation of private companies in the form of long term public – private partnership for space matters

• How to collaborate among the SA region on current and future technology and research space projects/missions

• How to utilize natural resources characteristic of the SA region that can serve as a greater potential for the space industry


 4. Mars mission simulations in South America – how/what can SA contribute?

Natural terrestrial sites of similar mineralogical and geomorphological composition to planetary surfaces such as the Moon, and NEO asteroid or Mars have been used as models for research and simulation of manned space mission since the Apollo Program. Simulations permit personnel and equipment to be tested in realistic, interactive situations. They go from underwater space simulations to instrumented rocking cockpits, to incorporeal computer models. Simulations in terrestrial analogs allow researchers to field-test designs and procedures, to take advantage of natural features not available in the laboratory, and to study benefits and problems unique to this environment.

The characterization and study in depth of new natural terrestrial analogs is considered another important contribution to the future of manned space mission planning. The future will require an extensive planning and characterization the settlement of a base, the study of the terrain and the logistics involved in the recollection of soil samples. This shall include the previous evaluation of the use of in-situ resources, as well as the training of the crew for each scenario.

The Working Group can explore:

• Lessons learned of existent Mars simulations, and how SA can use those to develop terrestrial simulations in the region

• Different SA sites that have some geomorphological similarity to Mars

• The challenges that a terrestrial simulation in SA territory would involve

• Pros/cons of using this or that site instead of a laboratory or a territory that is not in SA

The Working Group can propose recommendations on:

• How to ensure the logistics involved in a SA terrestrial simulation

• Best practices for a regional cooperation in the future in case the simulation takes place

• Methods for further cooperation in the space sector among SA countries involved in the search of suitable terrestrial analogs of Planet Mars

 


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