The first SG[France], organized by members of the SGAC community in collaboration with the French Space Agency CNES, was held in Paris on June 16th 2019. Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 and the multiplication of Moon projects in recent years, the theme of the event was "Moon for @ll".
How do we govern space? This is a difficult question. It cuts across technological, policy, and legal considerations, across country borders and generations. Furthermore, as a global commons, it is in the interest of almost all countries to ensure that the benefits of space can be shared equally among nations; essential to this idea is ensuring peace in space.
In diplomatic circles more than ever before we talk about an increasingly congested, contested and competitive nature of a strategic space environment. At the same time the dependence from, and reliance, on space technologies and derived services is growing exponentially. This calls for global solutions to space sustainability challenges that we encounter nowadays and that can endanger safe conduct of space operations in the future.
The privatization of the space industry has led to the rise of multidisciplinary applications in various industries. This move can be considered as one of the strongest driving forces behind the peaceful utilization of space resources. There are many different applications of EO that are providing valuable inputs for various industrial verticals such as agriculture, disaster management, weather forecasting, national security, etc. These applications have one thing in common, which is the use of satellite imagery to extract valuable terrestrial data. Further, tailored services are developed from these satellite imagery, and distributed as per the needs of the industry.
I really can't tell you when exactly it started. It's innate. Exploring what's outside our planet has been my curiosity, dream, ambition since childhood.
“SGAC has been crucial to paving the road for the new generation” – An interview with Victoria Alonsoperez
I completely loved my time at SGAC, I think that it was a great journey for me. I started as National Point of Contact (NPoC) of Uruguay, then I went to being Regional Coordinator for South America, later Chair and then an advisory role, so it’s been great. SGAC has been an organisation that opened so many doors. I remember the first time that I actually got to know SGAC: it was in 2009, when I got the IAF youth grant (now known as the Emerging Space Leaders Award) and I got to go to South Korea and, as part of the grant, the Space Generation Congress.
"Things that are worth it, will not be easy, and to just keep trying.", says the Regional Coordinator of South America about the most important lesson that he has learned so far.
Views on the 4th European Space Generation Workshop. Ana and Eleonora have been respectively the co-event manager and the programme team member of the 4th European Space Generation Workshop (E-SGW), and the very first reason why they should thank SGAC for organising this kind of event is the community it is shaping. We already e-met a couple of times, but this was the very first time the two of them had the chance of working together and getting to know each other better.
Apply today to be the National Point of Contact (NPoC) of your country! NPoCs are volunteers that act as contact point for SGAC in their country, forming a local team that coordinated SGAC activities at national level. Each country can have up to two NPoCs who work together to coordinate SGAC activities in their country.
Florence Duveiller is currently a project officer at the French Defense Innovation Agency. Her role is to define the strategy of the use of nanosatellites by the French army. Starting from September 2019, she will join the CNES's Operations Division, where she will be part of the team in charge of mission analysis and operations of Earth observation satellites CSO (Optical Space component).