SA-SGW 2017

3rd South American Space Generation Workshop


The SA - SGW 2017, will take place at the National Institute of Space Research of Brazil (Sao Jose dos Campos), this is a civilian body specializing in space research, was created in 1961.

It includes the policies defined and updated by the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology, the mission of INPE in the promotion and execution of scientific studies and research, technological development, execution of operational activities and training of human resources in the fields of Space and atmosphere science, Earth observation, weather forecasting and climate studies, engineering and space technology and related areas.



São José dos Campos

São José dos Campos (San José de los Campos) is a municipality in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. Located in the Paraíba Valley, São José dos Campos is considered to be the largest research center in high technology, automotive and telecommunications, military, electro-electronic, metallurgical and headquarters of the largest aerospace complex in Latin America. Here are important multinationals such as Philips, Panasonic, Johnson & Johnson, General Motors (GM), Petrobras, Ericsson, Monsanto, Embraer headquarters, with the third longest aircraft track in the world, among other companies. In the aerospace sector the CTA, INPE, IEAV, IAE and ITA stand out. It is the seventh city of the State.

According to a United Nations study in 1999, San José dos Campos was ranked as one of the 25 best cities in Brazil in terms of quality of life. With its high per capita income, high life expectancy and high level infrastructure, São José dos Campos is a safe city offering a wide variety of shops and services.



3rd South American Space Generation Workshop


We source presenters from the front lines of their field. These are the people who spend their days working on the projects they'll be speaking about. More presenters and topics are added constantly.


Prof.Rodolpho Vilhena de Moraes

B.Sc. in Mathematics from the Mackenzie University in 1962, M.Sc. in Mathematics from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica (ITA) in  1968, and Ph.D. in Orbital Dynamics and Flight Mechanics from Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica in 1978. He had a postdoctoral position in Aerospace Engineering at The Texas University at Austin – USA in 1987. Prof. Vilhena de Moraes retired from ITA, where he worked for 32 years (1963-1995), and retired from the Department of Mathematics of the São Paulo State University (UNESP) where he worked between 1995 and 2010. Prof. Vilhena de Moraes was Full Professor at ITA and is an Emeritus Professor of UNESP (2011) along with being Associate Professor in the graduate program in Aerospace Engineering and Technology of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais - Brazil (INPE) . He was a Senior National Visiting Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology of the Federal University of São Paulo ICT-UNIFESP) between 2010 and 2014, a Visiting researcher at INPE in 2015 and a Visiting Professor at UNIFESP in 2015. His main topics of research are Celestial Mechanics and Aerospace Engineering, with emphasis on trajectories and orbits, working mainly on the following subjects: artificial satellites, orbital perturbations, perturbation theory, and resonances. He has co-authored books and chapters regarding these topics and also about space history in Brazil. He is co-founder of GRAM, now CRAAM (group of radio astronomy of Mackenzie University). He currently coordinates the Thematic Project "Dynamics of Artificial Satellites", granted by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).


Prof. Othon Winter

Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the São Paulo State University Júlio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP - 1985), master's degree in Aerospace Engineering by the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA - 1990) and Ph.D. in Dynamics of the Solar System of Queen Mary and Westfield College - University of London (1994). He has experience in Aerospace Engineering and Orbital Dynamics, focusing on Aerospace Engineering, the following topics: stability, three-body problem, chaos, poincaré section and resonance. Leader of the Group On Orbital Dynamics and Planetology (UNESP) and reasearcher of the Group on Space Trajectories at INPE. Currently is Vice-Chair at the Panel on Satellite Dynamics of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR). Holds also positions with some organizations as the Brazilian Aerospace Association (AEB), the Brazilian Astronomical Society (SAB) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). In 2017, the asteroid (10697) Othonwinter was named after him due to his major contributions to the field of orbital dynamics.

São Paulo State University (UNESP). Campus de Guaratinguetá. Faculdade de Engenharia (FEG).


Eng. Lucas Fonseca

Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from University of São Paulo (USP) and masters's defree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (France). He served as an engineer of the space mission Rosetta. Currently, he is the Mission Director at the first Brazilian Lunar Mission (Mission Garatéa). He dreams about a trip to the moon, and now he is working with an amazing team on Garatéa-L project. His mission will help understand more about us, our origins and future of the universe. His team is developing a small satellite using advanced technologies, capable of running experiments that will test if living organisms can survive long space travels. The launch is expected to happen in 2020. He is also an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of the Aerospace Company Airvantis, while also involved in projects connecting Brazilian public and private schools to NASA.


Prof. André Amarante

He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the São Paulo State University "Júlio de Mesquita Filho", campus of São José do Rio Preto (2010). MSc in Physics from the São Paulo State University "Júlio de Mesquita Filho", Guaratinguetá campus (2012). He is currently Substitute Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the São Paulo State University "Júlio de Mesquita Filho", Guaratinguetá campus; and holds a doctorate in Physics, also from the São Paulo State University "Júlio de Mesquita Filho". He has experience in Astronomy and Mathematics, with emphasis in Dynamic Astronomy and Mathematics Teaching, mainly working on the following topics: Planetary Systems Dynamics, Asteroid Dynamics, Observational Astronomy, Numerical Simulation and History of Mathematics. São Paulo State University (UNESP).

Campus de São José do Rio Preto. Instituto de Biociências, Letras e Ciências Exatas (IBILCE).


Eng. Marcelo Essado

He worked with space systems for more than 13 years. He's the author of the book "Sistemas Espaciais: Refinamento de Requisitos em Missões de Satélites" (Space Systems: Requirements Refinement for Satellite Missions), and scientific and technical articles. He's the director of EMSISTI Space Systems & Technology, a brazilian aerospace company, member of advisor board of Brazilian Civil Aerospace Association (AAB), specialist on aerospace evaluation of COBRUF Association (Brazilian Universitary Rocket Competition). Entrepreneur, mentor, professor and speaker, has founded two startups and develop technological, education and social projects.

Prof. Odylio Denys de Aguiar

Bachelor's degree in Eletronics from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA - 1978), master's degree in Astrophysics from National Institute for Space Research (INPE -1983) and PhD in Physics by Louisiana State University System. Currently he is a full professor at INPE, where he works at the post-graduate school on Astrophysics and also has supervised several PhD and post-doc projects along his carrier. His majors are connected to areas of Physics such as Relativity and Experimental Gravitation. The main topics his investigations are: gravitational waves and their detection, Mario Schenberg detector, LIGO project, LIGO Voyager. He has been part of the scientific collaborative project LIGO (LSC), which made the first detections of gravitational waves (2015 and 2017), inaugurating a new window for universe observations: Astronomy/Astrophysics of Gravitational Waves. Currently he is coordinating the development of technology for the detection of gravitational waves in Brazil, seeking to consolidate Brazilian Scientific Comunity in projects of detection/observation of gravitational waves.

National Institute for Space Research (INPE) - Division of Astrophysics.


Prof. Rafael Sfair

Bachelor and Licentiate in Physics by Federal University of Paraná (2004) and M.Sc. and PhD in Physics by São Paulo State University (UNESP) in 2007 and 2011. He was also a visiting doctoral researcher at Observatoire de Paris-Meudon (2009) and a postdoc research fellow at UNESP in 2011. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics of the São Paulo State University (UNESP), campus of Guaratinguetá (FEG), where he works since 2011. His main topics of research are Celestial Mechanics, Orbital Dynamics, Planetary Rings and Observational Astronomy with emphasis on the following topics: Numerical Simulations, Image Analysis, Solar Radiation Pressure, Occultations. He has being part of team of researchers that have recently discovered the first system of rings around a minor body in the Solar Solar, the centaur asteroid Chariklo.


3rd South American Space Generation Workshop

Working Groups


Education in space topics

The space sector has always been a source of innovation for the world and there is a great amount of technological challenges faced in this sector which has always been overcome with great effort. Along the time, universities, industry, and government have formed a tripod which supports this important sector in modern society. However, in regions as South America, these three elements are still distanced, with only a few partnerships between these sectors. Thus, the working group should discuss what are the causes that do not allow this tripod to be created in our region. The working group could study the cases of countries where for a few decades there has not even been a space program, and today they have a complete space program, namely, China and India. Finally, the working group could explore and study the particular cases/initiatives or policies of our region where the space industry/academia has already created new partnerships for technology and education, i.e.  start-ups and new space engineering careers


Sustainability of Mars Analog Research Station in South America

Acknowledging the efforts in the region and success stories across the globe, this topic explores ways of how to make a Mars Analog in South America economically sustainable on time. Think about the previous, current and future innovative outcomes that may contribute the local communities where they are built. Furthermore, analyze possible partnerships with the local industry and the benefits that it may provide all the involved parts. Finally, evaluate the current political context of the region, the opportunities that the governments are currently providing and realistic next steps to make a Mars Analog to thrive.


Communications protocols for a South American Space Agency

The development of space activities are regulated by standards, which help establish common ground for the participants. Within a South American collaboration, this would not be different, and the participant parts have to agree on what standards should be taken into account when interacting whether among the collaborators or with other agencies. The group should explore past examples of successful collaboration within the region, and how to extrapolate that to the space activities. The group should also explore possible pilot, small scale projects, which would allow for the testing of standards and protocols on topics such as manufacturing, communication, documentation, etc. Finally, the group should discuss what institutions can become part of the collaboration, as well as how will they interact, and what benefits can be relevant for them to be willing to become members. 


The 3rd South American Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW 2017)

São José dos Campos, city of São Paulo State, Brazil

November 9 – 10, 2017


This event congregates numerous experts from the space sector and connects them with the space leaders of tomorrow.


Brazil is calling!

The 2017 South American Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW) is a two-day regional workshop for university students and young professionals in the South America region to be held in São José dos Campos, city of São Paulo State, Brazil on November 9 – 10.

During the 2017 SA-SGW, delegates have a unique opportunity to engage with high level space sector leaders, professionals and academics. The agenda includes panels, discussions, presentations (e.g. STEM), 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 in space topics
  • Sustainability of Mars Analog Research Station in South America
  • Communications protocols for a South American Space Agency

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).


Registrations are now OPEN!



Regular Registration (R$30.00)

This plan includes:

  • Industry Professionals
  • Researchers
  • General Public

Discount Registration (R$15.00)

Access to this benefit the following persons: 

  • University Students
  • Teacher (Schools and Universities)
  • INPE Employees


Images of 2016 SA-SGW in Peru

The organizing team of SA - SGW 2017, invites you to celebrate "3 years of passion and curiosity for space", opening an opportunity for you to meet exceptional guests.

The youngest participants can enjoy a variety of fun, hands-on activities that will educate and spark their curiosity in flight.

For more information please contact عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.

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