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  • Study on the Development of a South American Space Agency

    Paper number

    IAC-16,E3,1,1,x32434

    Coauthor

    Dr. Jackelynne Silva-Martinez, Georgia Institute of Technology and SGAC, United States

    Coauthor

    Mr. Andres Aguilar, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Argentina

    Coauthor

    Dr. Andreia Fatima Sorice Genaro, Brazil

    Coauthor

    Mr. Oscar Ivan Ojeda Ramirez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

    Coauthor

    Dr. Bruno Sarli, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/ISAS, Japan

    Coauthor

    Mr. Adrian Ulloa, Universidad Catolica del Peru, Peru

    Coauthor

    Ms. Monika Johanna Pardo Spiess, Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), Germany

    Coauthor

    Dr. Gino Genaro, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE), Brazil

    Coauthor

    Ms. Isabel Melgar, VERONICA Core, Peru

    Year

    2016

    Abstract
    The idea of establishing a South American Space Agency (SASA) is not new.  There have been many discussions about this topic for a while, including an agreement by the South American Nations Union for its acronyms in Spanish UNASUR, to create such space agency.  Roughly 10 years ago, Argentina was the first to propose this collaboration with a military orientation.  As the ideas progressed, Brazil was proposed as an option to be its headquarters.  However, not much support from the South American region has been given in both financial and logistical aspects.  To this day such space agency or similar concept has not yet been established in the region.  The Space Generation Advisory Council hosted the first South American Space Generation Workshop in Argentina in 2015, where one of the working groups was tasked to further investigate its feasibility, pros and cons, in implementing SASA. This paper presents an extension of the main findings from this working group where South American students and young professionals study and present a rational in favor of SASA, outlining possible solutions and structure that could be taken into account in its implementation.  The work also outlines the main advantages and challenges in this implementation.  Throughout the paper particular attention is paid to the question: Is it possible for countries in South America to establish such kind of cooperation to stimulate the development and application of capabilities in the space sector, which will allow undertaking missions far beyond the scope of what any single country in South America could do on its own?  The existence of a South American Space Agency would allow access to a common orbital vector, which would lower costs, be accessible to all participating countries, and allow engaging with other emerging and established space agencies around the world.
    Abstract document

    IAC-16,E3,1,1,x32434.brief.pdf

    Manuscript document

    IAC-16,E3,1,1,x32434.pdf (🔒 authorized access only).

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