From March 7 to 10, INVAP took part in the First Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), under the title “Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems.” Organized by the Argentine National Space Activities Commission (CONAE, in Spanish) and the Colomb Institute dependent on the National University of San Martín (UNSAM, in Spanish), the event was held in Buenos Aires, at the Science Cultural Center (also known as C3) belonging to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation. It brought together specialists of all over the world.
The meeting was a unique forum for scientists, engineers, managers of technological projects and advanced students of the country and the region. It was an opportunity to exchange information about small satellites, the state of the art in this field, and ongoing satellite plans, projects and missions. The event dealt with issues related to achievements and trends in the development of small satellites worldwide, especially in Latin America; ongoing and future projects in which Latin American countries will take part; segmented architecture and distributed instruments; and small satellite technology.
The symposium’s committee was made up of experts from Germany, the United States, France, Holland, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico and Argentina. Engineer Gustavo Wiman, Engineer Roberto Cibils and Dr. Axel Dente have participated as lecturers on behalf of INVAP. Other speakers included Franco Ongaro, Quality Management Director of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Director of the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC); and Rainer Sandau, Satellites and Space Applications Director of the IAA.