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Chile was involved in supporting space activities, since its early days. A NASA station located in Peldehue (near Santiago) marked the beginning of its involvement. However it took until the 90’s for Chile to launch its first experimental satellites FASat-alfa and FASat-bravo.
Currently the Earth Observation Satellite SSOT (launched in the end of 2011) is fully operational and providing images with the highest resolution in South America.
During 2013 a public consultation for the Chilean Space policy 2014-2020 was carried out. This policy shall lead the development of the space activities in the country for the next years.
Young Space Activities Overview in Chile
In Chile most aerospace activities are focus on aeronautics and astronomy. Several amateur astronomers are spread in the country and have events throughout the year
A few parties remembering Yuri’s first space flight have been organized throughout the years.
A team of students from the University of Concepcion is leading the development of small rocket engines for meteorological measurement and also other engines in the frame of the GLxP (like their lunar breaking engine). Another team from the University of Chile is developing the countries first CubeSat
Country Specific Events in 2014
- •International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE) takes place this year between March 25th and 30th. During the fair a Space conference takes place. More details at http://www.fidae.cl.
- Scholarship for MSc and PhD abroad. Application form, applications dates and other details at http://www.becaschile.cl/.
- More events will be announced later in the year.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Chile
- Angelicum GLxP, is one of the only two Latin American teams currently involved in the Google Lunar x-Prize, that plans to put a rover on the Moon before 2015, it comprises a cooperation between Academia and Industry.
- Scholarships for MSc and PhD abroad. Provides a set of different scholarships for studying both abroad and in the country.
- Aerospace Engineering at University of Concepción. It is the only university in the country that gives the major in Aerospace.
- Suchai is project currently run by the University of Chile in order assemble and launch a CubeSat. For more information check the Electric Engineering Department website .
- Actualidad Espacial, a free-lance website that provides with information on the ongoing Aerospace and Astronomical activities .
- Aerospace Museum, the museum located in the capital (Santiago) hosts a permanent exhibition on Aerospace.
- Servicio Aerofotogrametrico (SAF), is the body of the air force that deals with the distribution and purchase of images both form planes and the Chilean Satellite.
- Engineers Professional Association, organizes several engineering related activities during the year. Has a committees that organize talks related to space a few times a year.
- Atacama Solar Challenge, a solar power car race in the Atacama Desert. This car are built using a lot of aerospace technologies and material by teams of university students from all the country and from other Latin American Countries.
Artist impression of the Lunar braking engine being develop by the Propulsion Interest Group part of the GLxP Team Angelicum
Atacama Large Milimiter Array (ALMA) observatory [Source: http://almaobservatory.org/]
One of the first images from the FASat-Charlie, taken on December 2011 over the world’s biggest Copper open mine Chuquicamata in the North of Chile