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National Commission for Space Activities (CONAE)


The National Commission for Space Activities (CONAE), which is attached to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Religion, is the Argentine space agency, which coordinates all activities connected with the peaceful uses of outer space. CONAE is currently executing the National Space Plan "Argentina in Space" for 1995-2006.

The cornerstones of the National Space Plan are constituted by the following facts: (a) Argentina is a country that, owing to its particular characteristics, makes and will make intensive use of space science and technology; (b) An analysis of the different "products" that space activities contribute to social and economic development reveals the importance for the country of the generation of complete space information cycles and the identification of the respective applications.

The National Space Plan has been viewed as an investment project where, on the basis of fiscal returns, it is possible to determine rationally the internal rate of return of the Plan, which is proving very advantageous for the country.

The agency is currently working to develop the SAOCOM Satellites for observation and communications.

Renewed Effort

Argentina ’s National Committee of Space Activities lead by Conrado Varotto has renewed its plans to finish the development of a small satellite launch vehicle that is intended to serve government, commercial interest and previous military requirements. The new launch vehicle based on the Condor-II (Badr-2000) technology is expected to be ready for small satellite launches as a commercial business satellite launch vehicle after its first flight tests optimistically planned for 2013.

The booster development program is being controlled under the management of the CONAE [Committee of Activities Space] engineering team and researchers. All the propulsion technologies, control systems and guidance are being developed by Argentine based industry capability. Argentina want the ability to launch its own satellites without having to depend on other nations as well as provide commercial business capability as desired by regional countries. Argentina believes it can launch its satellites at a quarter of the present international rates.

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