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Peru has recently experienced an important growth in the space sector. Only in the last couple of year, four Peruvian nano-satellites (made by students and professors from three main Peruvian universities), were put it in orbit. The PUCP-SAT 1 and POCKET-PUCP (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru) in 2013, the UAPSAT-I (Universidad Alas Peruanas) in 2014, and the CHASQUI-I (Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria) also in 2014, represent the efforts of the academia sector for create space capabilities and develop necessary skills within the country.
In the government side, a remote sensing satellite (in collaboration with the government of France) will be launched in 2016. These events marked a new beginning for the Peruvian space age. On the other hand, Peru, through individual initiatives, has also participated in simulated missions about Mars exploration. Peruvian students and professionals have participated in experiments in the Mars Desert Research Station of The Mars Society. These Peruvian students and professionals joined crews 126, 138, 140, and 141. The South American region is carrying out big steps to have a strong presence in space, and Peru is not the exception; we are looking for like-minded young space enthusiasts, who share our passion, to help Peru having an International key role in the space community. Join us!
Young Space Activities in Peru
Mainly the space activities in Peru are related with some universities and the Peruvian government through the Peruvian Space Agency (CONIDA) and international cooperation.
Universidad Alas Peruanas
On January 9, 2014 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in US state Virginia, the Peruvian satellite by the name of UAPSAT-1 was sent into space aboard Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket. The pico-satellite UAPSAT-1, which weighed less than a kilogram, was designed and programmed by students at “Universidad Alas Peruanas” university. This research allowed verifies students’ design methods and test various electronics, orientation, stabilization and temperature sensing instruments. In its efforts to increase Peruvian space capabilities, the “Universidad Alas Peruanas” is planning on launch a second small satellite (“UAPSAT-1” was launched on last February this year). The Nano Satellite “UAPSAT-2” will be designed, developed and tested by Peruvian Engineers, at “Universidad Alas Peruanas” university in Peru. The project is currently in its preliminary phase.
Universidad Alas Peruanas' Nanosatellite Launch
National University of Engineering
After many years of hard work on preparations, Peru’s National University of Engineering (UNI) successfully launched its first nanosatellite into orbit. The “Chasqui 1″ satellite was launched on February 4, 2014 aboard the Russian-built “Progress M-22M” space shuttle which blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Russia. “Chasqui 1” was carried to the International Space Station by Progress M-22M, where cosmonauts put it into orbit on March 2014. Its main goal is improving UNI's satellite technology - related capacities, through the design, analysis, assembly, integration, testing and operation of a small dimension satellite. The project was started on 2009 with an investment worth over US$631,000, financed from UNI’s resources. Chasqui 1, which weighed approximately one kilogram, was intended to be used for educational and research purposes. This project was also, from an academic point of view, a tool to facilitate collaboration between the various faculties and research institutes of the University, trains students and teachers with real world experience in satellite building, creates opportunities for joint work with several universities in the world and allows technological advances in the aerospace industry in our country.
Peruvian Space Agency (CONIDA)
Peru recently purchased from France for $213 million, a satellite "next generation", which puts the country at the forefront of space development. The "Astrosat-300," Airbus will be the most advanced Latin American satellite, according to specialized sources. The acquisition includes the satellite system, the ground control station, as well as technology transfer and insurance. Significant number of Peruvian youth in France participate in all phases of the manufacturing process of the satellite and will be trained in the operation of the system and reading the images captured.
The National Aerospace Research and Development Commission (CONIDA)
Finally SGAC Peru is focus on expand SGAC network within the country, increase awareness about space, encourage the people of Peru, especially young enthusiasts, to actively participate in space activities, and promote cooperation between government, universities and private industry to grow and develop space capabilities within the country.
NPoC of Peru Giancarlo Villena
Peru's Defense Minister and the French Ambassador in Lima
Country Specific Events in 2015
- International Scientific Meeting - Winter 2015 [http://www.encuentrocientificointernacional.org] (30 July to 1 August): This event will have a session of space technology.
More events will be announced later in the year.
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