Washington DC, 21 October 2019 – On the occasion of the 70th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) Open Cosmos and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) signed a memorandum of understanding to mutually collaborate in supporting and promoting young space professionals in the commercial space sector, improving access to job opportunities, training and education.
Witnessed by dozens of space professionals at the largest space event in the world, gathered in Washington DC this week, the MoU was signed by Open Cosmos founder and CEO Rafel Jordá Siquier and SGAC Co-Chair Arnau Pons.
The first steps of the new collaboration have already been taken, with Open Cosmos sponsoring the annual SGAC Space Generation Congress and by sharing a booth at the IAC this week. The collaboration will further include mutual promotion at events, Open Cosmos working with SGAC to post its jobs on the new SGAC Jobs Board and even more, offering the possibility to all SGAC members to apply for becoming an OC Academy Ambassador, giving to the young community the opportunity to be trained, learn and lead hands-on workshops about Space Mission Design.
Founder and CEO of Open Cosmos Rafel Jordá Siquier said: “SGAC is the leading international organisation of young space professionals, supporting the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. This program aims to use space resources to solve the world’s biggest challenges, which is fully in line with the vision of Open Cosmos. Open Cosmos is a young international company, employing many young space professionals from all over the world, making SGAC a natural partner in areas like awareness, job sharing and education.”
SGAC Co-Chair Arnau Pons added: “This MoU with OpenCosmos is strategic as it proves SGAC’s commitment towards helping young entrepreneurs that are shaping the international space industry. We are glad that we can closely work with OpenCosmos to solve some of the main challenges of the word to make it more sustainable. This is also in line with our current collaboration with UNOOSA towards “Youth 2030 strategy” to power the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
Apply now to become an OC Academy Ambassador in the following link: https://spacegeneration.org/oc-academy-ambassador
About SGAC: www.spacegeneration.org
The Space Generation Advisory Council in Support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications is a global non-governmental, non-profit (US 501(c)3) organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18-35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. Headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the SGAC network of members, volunteers and alumni has grown to more than 15 000 members representing more than 150 countries.
About Open Cosmos: www.open-cosmos.com
Open Cosmos is ESA’s designated Space Mission Provider that provides services as a one-stop-shop to orbit. We offer simple and affordable space missions to help companies solve the world’s biggest challenges. We enable companies across a wide range of industries to use space technologies as a tool by removing three main space access barriers: time-consuming paperwork, complex technology, and overall costs.