Welcome to SGAC Brazil! The Brazilian space program dates back to 1960 when the government first developed a program for the Brazilian space exploration. The years that follow the two main institutes for space research, the National Institute of Space Research (INPE), created in 1971, and the The Aerospace Technology and Science Department (DCTA), established in 1953, carried out a series of space projects with a view to develop a national space capability. Nowadays, Brazil has two launch sites Alcântara Launch Center and Barreira do Inferno Launch Center, makes, assembles and tests sounding rockets, satellites and rocket engines. Also, Brazil is currently developing a launch vehicle nationally and a second launcher family in collaboration with the Russian Federal Space Agency. So far Brazil had one astronaut Marcos Pontes who flew with the Expedition 13 crew on March 29, 2006 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station.
Every day students find new opportunities in the Brazilian space area, as there is a growing number of universities offering graduation and post-graduation courses in space technology areas, the demand for students and researchers is increasing. The Brazilian Space agency also has programs to integrate the students and the agency offering materials, financing projects and training teachers.