Josué Cardoso dos Santos currently is a PhD candidate in Physics (focusing in Celestial Mechanics and Astrodynamics) at the São Paulo State University (UNESP), campus of Guaratinguetá, holding the following titles: B.Sc in Mathematics (with honours, 2008 – 2011) and MSc. in Physics (focusing Flight Dynamics, 2012 – 2014). He was a research scholar at the University of Colorado Boulder (USA, 2015 – 2016) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (ISAS/JAXA – Japan, 2017). His areas of expertise are: Perturbation Theory, Celestial Mechanics, Astrodynamics, Aerospace Engineering, Space Missions and Space History. He was also an SGAC National Point of Contact (NPoC) for Brazil (Sept 2013 – Sept 2017). During his term as NPoC, he contributed with research articles about Brazil and South American region and also with lectures in universities and conferences, meanwhile working for the creation of a Brazilian network which gathers SGAC community in Brazil. With the support and very active work of the local team, he was able to coordinate the development of key partnerships with research institutions, private companies and the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), making possible to organize the very successful 3rd South-American Space Generation Workshop (Nov, 2017) at the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) in the city of São José dos Campos, Brazil.

Josué was nominated by

–     Natalia Indira Vargas Cuentas (Regional Coordinator for South America):
I believe that Josue should be member of the month for his outstanding help in the organization of SGW-2017, which this year took place in Brazil, he had an excellent performance coordinating all the local team, I think that without a doubt their commitment to the SGAC and their responsibility took this event forward. For the other hand Josue’s NPoC term came to the end on September 30, 2017,  In this sense, I think it would be a good way to recognize all his work in Brazil and in the South American region in these four years.

     Avid Roman-Gonzalez (Regional Coordinator for South America):
For his invaluable work previous, during, and after the 3rd South American Space Generation Workshop. His work was significant to generate an academic event with high quality. I think all these aspects are enough to give him the honored Member of the Month recognition.

–     Marcelo Essado (Member, Brazil):
For the benefits and actions that Josué dos Santos have been performed in Brazil related with space activities and educational level for students and professionals. Also for this work on SGAC Brazil representation, and for the organization of the 3rd South American Space Generation Workshop  (, in Brazil.

Here’s Josué’s reaction:

“I’m completely surprised and honoured about being selected as an SGAC Member of the Month, specially taking into account so many great people working with SGAC. I believe that “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. It means that all the hard work I’ve tried to develop with SGAC is because I believe that such organization (as well others) have the capacity to inspire and motivate the current and the new generations promoting and strengthening not only the space sector, but also the society through special impact on education sector, which is able to provide the good knowledge of things which can raise up the men to live a better future. I consider the time since I’ve been involved with SGAC as a time of very positive transformations. The activities I have the opportunity to be involved with during my period at the organization were key experiences in my life. They have helped me to grow both, professionally and personally, and this is an important reason why I’m grateful for this very special indication/recognition.”

From the SGAC Chair, Ali Nasseri:

“I remember processing Josue’s NPoC application when I was secretary, so it is great to see him being recognized for his contributions. The South American Space Generation Workshop was the second SGW that we held, and it is great to see it continue thanks to the contributions of people like Josue. Congratulations to him and to all members of the SA-SGW team!“