Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) – Argentina and German companies German Orbital Systems (GOS) and ECM Space Technologies (ECM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on August 27, 2018 with the aim of collaborating on development of space capabilities in Argentina with particular focus on small satellite technologies.
With this MoU the partners agree to train Argentine students in the field of new space technologies, including the opportunity for the young professionals to do internships in GOS and ECM. In addition, GOS and ECM agreed to develop the business competencies of students, thus assisting the development of dynamic Argentine private space sector.
Finally, the partners expressed the intention to organize a competition with participation of Argentine space industry, agencies and academia with an incentive prize of launching the winner’s payload to orbit with the upcoming GOS GROOVE mission, allowing it to be tested in-orbit.
By signing the MoU, Walter Ballheimer (CEO of GOS), Dmitriy Bogdanov (CEO of ECM) and Santiago Enriquez (National Contact of SGAC-Argentina) on behalf of their respective organizations, committed themselves to both shaping projects and working together to seek business opportunities for both countries, as well as creating new academic and professional opportunities for young people in Argentina interested in the space activities.
Walter Ballheimer, CEO of GOS: “South American region has an immense potential for the future space activities. Argentina as an emerging space power has the capabilities and human resources to become one of the promising players of NewSpace movement. German Orbital Systems strategy relies heavily on cooperation with emerging space powers and we consider this agreement as the cornerstone of our cooperation with Argentine and important event for our strategical vision implementation”.
The Space Generation Advisory Council is a global non-governmental, non-profit organization and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals ages 18-35 to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.
German Orbital Systems is a Berlin-based space company. It was founded in 2014 by a former scientific staff of the Technical University of Berlin and is the first German company focused on the CubeSat market. The product portfolio includes subsystems and turn-key satellite missions, which consist of the ground-, space- and launch segments. Since 2016, GOS has been responsible for the separation sequence as a part of ECM Space Technologies GmbH CubeSat dispensers.
ECM Space Technologies is a German company, spin-off from the Department of Aeronautics of the Technical University of Berlin. It was founded in 2010 to provide products and technologies for small satellites, launch systems and launch services. Since 2010 ECM has performed numerous successful launches of German satellites and was selected very often by German universities as a business partner for small satellite launch solutions. Today ECM is one of the world’s leading launch providers for small satellites, especially of the CubeSat format.