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May 2012-May 2014
Argentina has a rich history of space exploration and international collaboration. In the 1950s, there was Teofilo Tabanera and the development of propulsion rocketry. In the 1960s, the National Commission on Space Research (CNIE) was created. The progress has continued through to today with the development of new satellite technologies within the government and private sector, reinforcing that Argentina is indeed an actor in the international space community. Therefore, it’s important to bring new players, young and dedicated individuals to collaborate and develop new ties with the international community to participate and bring space closer to us. The Argentinean Space Agency (CONAE) and several other private organisations such as the AATE (Argentinean Association for Space Technology) are always interested in new projects and pushing forward the limits of science and technology. Young professionals and students are key participants in the future of Argentina’s space programme; the objective of SGAC is to bring them together to create a solid foundation for the development and exploration of space.
Young Space Activities Overview in Argentina
In addition to the activities planned by SGAC Argentina which are focused on extending the interest and information about space there are a few student programs in different universities, mentioned in the institutions section, that will be promoting several activities for the year 2013. In addition, the VIII Argentinean Congress for Space Technology sponsored by the AATE, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and the Argentine Council on Aerospace Engineering will be held in the province of Mendoza between the 15th and 17th of May. During this congress members of the aerospace community will share the latest news and results of their research with the international community.
There are also amateur rocketry activities held by the ACEMA, (Asociación de Cohetería Experimental y Modelista Argentina) which is one of the most important organizations of rocketry activities in Latin America, sponsor competitions and activities for young students and professionals. ACEMA branches are located in different locations such as Buenos Aires, Rosario, Neuquen and Cordoba.
The National Aeronautics Library is an excellent place to gather information about space and aerospace activities in Argentina as they hold a number of interesting memorabilia of Argentina’s space history and host some talks throughout the year. Additionally, they hold a vast amount of books and journals for research information and activities. The SGAC members will be able to participate in the development of the Pehuensat-2 educational satellite programme sponsored by the AATE and other institutions with the sole objective of supporting the space studies in Argentina.
Argentina is also home of the Deep Space Antenna 3, ESA's newest tracking station located 30 km south of the city of Malargüe, about 1200 km west of Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. DSA 3 hosts a 600-tonne, 35 m-diameter antenna with transmission and reception in X-band and reception in Ka-band. DSA 3 will enter full service in early 2013, providing daily support to missions such as Venus Express, Mars Express, Herschel and Planck. More information can be obtained from here.
For those interested in the history of Argentina’s space activities, Pablo de León (a former Argentina’s SGAC NPOC) has released his new book titled “Historia de la Actividad Espacial en la Argentina” which covers space activities until the year 1980. The book can be purchased from here.
Country-Specific Events in 2013
- VII Argentinean Congress for Space Technology Mendoza city (15 to 17 of May 2013)
- Space Science works: Young Students present their work in space science, very interesting information.
- The National Aeronautics Library host some activities for the 2011 calendar which will be announced in the future in this page
- Schools and University visits to educate students and young professionals in space activities
- Pehuensat-2 related activities during the entire year, for more information contact the NPOC (National Point of Contact) of Argentina.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Argentina
Argentina Space Agency
Argentina Space Technology Association
El Leoncito Observatory Complex
Pier Auger Observatory
Theoretical and Experimental Astronomy Institute
Space Physics and Astronomy Institute
National Institute for Industrial Technology, Space and Aeronautics Centre
National Library of Aeronautics
Argentina Astronomy Association
AMateur SATellite Corporation
Argentinean Astronautics Federation
Experimental Rocketry association of Argentina
Progama CanSat Argentina
National University of La Plata Astronomy
National University of La Plata Aeronautics
National University of Comahue Space Group
National Technological University of Haedo Aerospace Technology Group
National Aeronautics Institute