Industry Day Argentina
On 10-15 April this year, a delegation of the Polish space sector will be in Argentina. On April 12 this year, Polish Space Day will take place at the Embassy in Buenos Aires. Cooperation between companies has a huge development potential, opening up new opportunities for cooperation for both of them.
The meeting will be attended by the Ambassador of Poland in Argentina Aleksandra Piątkowska, Grzegorz Wrochna, President of the Polish Space Agency, Dariusz Latoszek, chief specialist from the Department of Trade and International Cooperation of the Ministry of Development and Technology, and representatives of Argentine government institutions: Argentinian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, National Commission for Space Activity (CONAE) of the Republic of Argentina as well as representatives of the Polish space sector, m.in. Creotech Instruments SA, Satrevolution, CloudFerro.
As part of the meeting, the activities of the Argentinian Institute of Radio Astronomy (IAR) at the National University of La Plata will be presented. Short presentations of their activities will also be presented by Polish companies participating in the mission.
A representative of the PAIH Foreign Trade Office in Buenos Aires will talk about the practical and cultural aspects of doing business in Argentina for entrepreneurs who plan to start cooperation with Argentina.
Memorandum of Understanding between CONAE and POLSA
On 13 April this year in Buenos Aires, it is planned to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between CONAE and POLSA, regulating the initial terms of cooperation between the Polish and Argentinian space sectors.
COANE (National Commission on Space Activity of Argentina, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales) was established in 1991. It is responsible for Argentina’s civilian space program. This program is mostly focused on Earth observation, exploration, and technological development.
CONAE has so far sent four of its own SAC satellites into orbit (the remaining Argentine satellites put into orbit belonged to research units or private companies). Argentina belongs to a narrow group of countries that can not only develop their own technologies in the satellite industry, but also design and produce telecommunications satellites. This is one of the important advanced technologies for which Argentine industry is appreciated in the world.
CONAE recently approved a preliminary version of the new National Space Plan, which will run until 2027. In 2018, Argentina has allocated about USD 110 million for the development of the space sector. However, due to the economic crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, these funds have been significantly reduced – to USD 45 million in 2020.
Ukrainian Space Sector:
As part of the cooperation between State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) and POLSA, materials of SSAU and its subsidiaries will also be available at the Polish stand at the FIDAE exhibition. Employees of the Ukrainian Embassy in Santiago de Chile will be present at the stand of the Polish space sector.
The mission schedule also includes a visit to the Argentine Institute of Radio Astronomy (IAR) at the University of La Plata, including familiarization with the IAR infrastructure. The POLSA delegation will meet with the Director for International Cooperation of the Agency for Economic Development La Plata (Agencia Platense de Desarrollo Económico).