National Points of Contact
Welcome to Ecuador’s SGAC page! You have come to the right place to learn more about Ecuador’s involvement in space activities and how you can get involved! Our purpose is to bring together the new generation of Ecuadorian space leaders to exchange ideas, form strong networks, and take part in the global space arena. Feel free to contact people, groups, or organizations outlined below. Don’t delay, come join the conversation!
Young Space Activities Overview in Ecuador
Ecuador is a relatively new space player. Established back in late 2007, the Ecuadorian Civil Space Agency is the first (publicized) attempt at conducting space-related research and outreach in the country. In close collaboration with the Ecuadorian Airforce (FAE), EXA has been actively implementing various projects including a microgravity airliner (Dedalo), radio ground station (Hermes), a UV radiation monitor (Hiperion), and recently a nanosatellite (CubeSat Class 3 – Pegasus NEE-01) to be launched in late 2013 .
One of EXA’s main goals is space technology outreach to the young Ecuadorian generation. It gives young people plenty of opportunities to get involved! For example, the ground station HERMES implements the “Satellite in the Classroom” program giving Ecuadorian schools real-time access to international spacecraft data (remote sensing satellites). If you would like to have your school connecting to EXA’s ground station, you only need a healthy Internet connection! Three high-schools are already signed up (Unidad Educativa Nuevo Mundo, Colegio Rosa de Jesus Cordero, y la Academia Cotopazi). Your high-school can be the next one!
Another way to get involved is to follow EXA’s nano satellite program. Once in orbit, the CubeSat would announce a question about science and technology through facebook and twitter when it flies over Ecuadorian territory. Students are encouraged to answer the question through EXA’s website to get real-time access to the on-board webcam. Since Pegasus would be flying between 700-800 km above Earth, the vista should be fantastic! You can’t miss it!
Even though Ecuador owns its very name to the French geodesic expedition in the 18th century and enjoys favorable orbital speeds for launching interplanetary and geostationary missions, there is little governmental involvement beyond FAE’s collaboration with EXA. Motivating a young generation of scientists and engineers is key to opening the space frontier for Ecuador.
Country Specific Events in 2013
- ”A satellite in the Classroom”: Students could have interactive classroom activities making use of the HERMES ground station via internet. Get in touch with EXA and learn more here.
- Obtain access to Pegasus on-board camera: Learn more about how to access the camera telemetry of the first Ecuadorian satellite. Check out the launch countdown for Pegasus here.
- Open-telescope night-time observing at Quito’s National observatory: Visit the astronomical museum of Quito open to the public Monday to Friday. In clear-sky nights, observatory telescopes are open to the public to carry out observations of Quito’s skies. Check the site for more info, upcoming lectures, and events. find more here.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Ecuador
Escuela Politecnica Nacional de Quito
Observatorio y museo astronomico de Quito
Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral
Universidad de Cuenca
For a complete list refer to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_universities_in_Ecuador
Children from Academia Cotopaxi received and decoded imagery
from NOAA-17 passing over Ecuador October 2009
Officials from EXA presenting Ecuadorian CubeSat PEGASO 4 April 2011.
On the far-right is the Founder and Director of EXA
Cmd. Rodie Nader accompained by airforce officials