A commander of the Chilean Air Force in the organization chart of the National Satellite System and the National Space Center

The squadron commander and electronics engineer of the Chilean Air Force, Roberto Silva, has been included in the strategic organizational chart being drawn up to implement the plans to create a National Satellite System and a National Space Center for Chile.

According to El Mercurio, the future team of the Chilean Ministry of Science, in charge of shaping the institutional framework that will stand behind these units, has decided on this incorporation in order to achieve cooperation between the parties involved. By adding the experience and knowledge of Commander Silva, we can continue the collaboration that we jointly fostered with the Ministry of Defense for Space Development, ”said Science Minister Andrs Couve.

Commander Silva has been a research and liaison officer at the Valdivia Center for Scientific Studies, in scientific research programs, and in developing remote sensing technology systems. The new National Satellite System and National Space Center for Chile was announced in October by the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastin Piera, with the aim of realizing a space program that will contribute to national scientific and technological development for defense and civil society.

The initiatives that make up the program provide a roadmap for realistic spatial development that will allow Chile to have its own satellite capabilities tailored to the needs of the country within 10 years.

The program will thus make it possible to have an operational satellite that will replace the Fasat-Charlie in its functions, which has already expired, and will include the manufacture, launch and commissioning of two new high-resolution satellites, one of which is the to be built in Chile. The three satellites will form a national constellation for Earth observation and enhance Fasat-Charlie’s capabilities. The information they provide is complemented by preferential access to other satellite constellations, allowing for a wider range of images that can be received more frequently and at lower cost.

There is also the installation of three orbital control ground stations in Santiago, Punta Arenas and Antofagasta, the latter being mobile. They are connected to one another and enable decentralized access to satellite images and increase the possibilities for international cooperation on space issues.

With this new national satellite system, Chile is taking a big step forward in integrating into the world of space, the fourth industrial revolution, the digital world and the knowledge and information society for the benefit of the well-being and quality of life of Chile all Chileans, stressed the President in his presentation.

In addition, 7 microsatellites are being built with the participation of the defense sector, academia and national industry, which will expand national knowledge on space issues and contribute to the technological development of Chile. For example, they focus on providing search and rescue systems (SAR) alerts and on monitoring and monitoring maritime traffic. (Pamela Squella)

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