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The National Aerospace Research and Development Commission (CONIDA) is the National Space Agency of Peru and is responsible for all space related activities of Peru. CONIDA researches in the field of space science and technology for the benefit of Peru. The research areas of CONIDA include: propulsion, geomatics, rocketry, astronomy and scientific instrumentation.
Some month age, the Peruvian government announced the acquisition of a remote sensing satellite for different applications. End of 2013 would be announced the provider for the acquisition.
Peru possesses an even more young space program, though it has achieved some success. On December 2006, the first Peruvian space probe, the Paulet I, was launched from the Punta Lobos Air Force base in Pucusana (south of Lima). The probe which took two years to be manufactured, carried devices that could measure conditions in the upper atmosphere, including pressure, temperature and humidity, as well as astrophysics equipment. The nanosatellite Chasqui I research project is an effort to secure Peru's first access to space and gives the opportunity to open new application areas specific to its own geographical and social reality. The Alas Peruanas University has also created a pico-satellite called UAP-SAT, the launching of the UAP-SAT is scheduled for September 2013, and will be launched in the space rocket Falcon-9 from Cape Canaveral Spaceport in Brevard County, Florida.
The National Aerospace Research and Development Commission (CONIDA)
Young Space Activities in Peru
CONIDA has signed a cooperation agreement with the Indian Space Agency and is about to sign a similar agreement with the Space Agency of the Russian Federation. In this way, CONIDA is seeking to establish closer links with space agencies in other countries through international cooperation and technical assistance programmes that will make it possible to make use of new knowledge in this area and the latest advances in space technology. In this connection, the small satellite programme currently being implemented by CONIDA will at a future stage receive support and assistance from two major international space agencies.
In March 2013, five young Peruvian students have participated in a space analog crew full simulation mode in the barren canyonlands of Utah in the Mars Desert Research Station - MDRS of The Mars Society. This activity unleashed in creating The Mars Society Peru branch.
|The probes Paulet I and Paulet II|
Country Specific Events in 2013
- International Scientific Meeting 2013 winter (Encuentro Científico Internacional 2013 de invierno), 31 July to 2 August: This event will have a session of space technology
- World Space Week (4-10 October)
- International Night of Lunar Observation (12 October)
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Peru
The Peruvian Space Agency
The Peruvian Air Force
The Geophysical Institute of Peru
The Peruvian Association of astronomy
The Direction of Aerospace Interests
The Astronomy Group of the National University of Engineering
The nano-satellite Chasqui I of the National University of Engineering
The pico-satellite UAP-SAT of the Alas Peruanas University
The Mars Society Peru
Astrobiology Group Peru
The impetus given by the Government of Peru to space activities has indirectly promoted the acquisition of specialized skills in space technologies by professional persons. In this connection, the CONIDA Centre for Space Studies is providing advanced training courses for public and private sector professionals in different aspects of remote sensing technology, digital processing of satellite images, geographic information systems (GIS) and global positioning systems (GPS). A total of 258 professionals received specialized training in 1998 and 262 in 1999. Under an agreement concluded between the National University of Engineering (UNI) of Peru and CONIDA, a master's degree programme is being conducted in aeronautical engineering with non-manned vehicles as a special field of study to provide postgraduate tuition in this area to professional engineers and scientists. The first group of participants in this programme is expected to graduate in March 2001. The Technological University of Peru (UTP) also has engineering bachelor's degree program in Aeronautical Engineering (for more information click here).
The Nano-Satellite Chasqui I and the Pico-Satellite UAP-SAT