The 2017 South American Space Generation Workshop (SA-SGW) is a two-day regional workshop for university students and young professionals in the South America region to be held in São José dos Campos, city of São Paulo State, Brazil on November 9th – 10th.

During the 2017 SA-SGW delegates have a unique opportunity to engage with high level space sector leaders, professionals and academics. The agenda includes panels, discussions, presentations (e.g. STEM), and working groups on current space topics. In the working groups segment, participants will collaborate with peers as well as experienced specialists on the topics of:

  • Education in space topics.
The space sector has always been a source of innovation for the world and there is a great amount of technological challenges faced in this sector which have always been overcome with great effort. Along the time, universities, industry and government have formed a tripod which supports this important sector in modern society. However, in regions as South America, these three elements are still distanced, with only a few partnerships between these sectors. Thus, the working group should discuss what are the causes that do not allow this tripod to be created in our region. The working group could study the cases of countries where for a few decades there has not even been a space program, and today they have a complete space program, namely, China and India. Finally, the working group could explore and study the particular cases/initiatives or policies of our region where the space industry/academia has already created new partnerships for technology and education, i.e.  start-ups and new space engineering careers

  • Sustainability of Mars Analog Research Station in South America.
Acknowledging the efforts in the region and success stories across the globe, this topic explores ways of how to make a Mars Analog in South America economically sustainable on time. Think about the previous, current and future innovative outcomes that may contribute the local communities where they are built. Furthermore, analyze possible partnerships with the local industry and the benefits that it may provide all the involved parts. Finally, evaluate the current political context of the region, the opportunities that the governments are currently providing and realistic next steps to make a Mars Analog to thrive.

  • South American initiatives for the development of collaborative space activities. 
The development of space activities is regulated by standards, which help establish common ground for the participants. Within a South American collaboration, this would not be different, and the participant parts have to agree on what standards should be taken into account when interacting whether among the collaborators, or with other agencies. The group should explore past examples of successful collaboration within the region, and how to extrapolate that to the space activities. The group should also explore possible pilot, small scale projects, which would allow for the testing on standards and protocols on topics such as manufacturing, communication, documentation, etc. Finally, the group should discuss what institutions can become part of the collaboration, as well as how will they interact, and what benefits can be relevant for them to be willing to become members. 

To conclude the workshop, the output from these working groups will be presented at the SA-SGW and further submitted as SGAC recommendations to United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS).




Images of 2016 SA-SGW in Peru

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