United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs

United Nations/Mexico Symposium on Basic Space Technology - "Making Space Technology Accessible and Affordable"
Hosted by the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) and the Mexican Space Agency on behalf of the Government of Mexico
20-23 October 2014, Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico

Updates: Applications for the Symposium are presently being accepted. The application deadline is 25 July 2014 .


In-follow up to the series of three UN/Austria/ESA Symposiums on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development, held in Graz, Austria, from 2009 to 2011, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs will organize International Symposiums on Basic Space Technology Development in the regions that correspond to the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia, starting in 2012.

The first Symposium in this series was held as the United Nations/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium, was held in Nagoya, Japan, in 2012. The second Symposium was held as the United Nations/United Arab Emirates Symposium on Basic Space Technology, was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2013.

The present and third Symposium will be held as the United Nations/Mexico Symposium on Basic Space Technology in Ensenada, Baja California and will focus on the Latin America and the Caribbean region.

The Symposium will be hosted by the Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) and the Mexican Space Agency on behalf of the Government of Mexico.

Symposium Objectives

The Symposium objectives will build on the outcomes of the aforementioned BSTI Symposiums held from 2009 to 2013. The relevant symposium reports, containing the objectives, symposium summaries, observations and recommendations made by participants are available from  http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/SAP/bsti/fundamentals.html.

The objectives of the UN/Mexico Symposium will be to:

  • Review the status of capacity building in basic space technology including lessons learned from the past and on-going small satellite (<100 kg) development activities with a focus on regional and international collaboration opportunities in particular also for countries in Latin America and the Caribbean;
  • Examine issues relevant to the implementation of small satellite programmes, such as organizational capacity building, development and testing infrastructure and launch opportunities;
  • Review state-of-the-art small satellite programmes in the field of Earth observation and disaster management;
  • Elaborate on regulatory issues of space technology development programmes, such as frequency allocation and space debris mitigation measures for long-term sustainability of outer space activities as well as import/export controls;
  • Elaborate on legal issues and responsibilities related to space technology development programmes, such as those emanating from the relevant provisions in international space law;
  • Continue the development of an education curriculum for space engineering;
  • Review the existing space applications for early warning systems and to discuss future collaborative projects in the field;
  • Discuss the way forward for the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).

Symposium Programme

The Symposium Programme will be structured around the following technical sessions:

1. Capacity Building in Basic Space Technology Development 
2. Small Satellites for Earth Observation and Disaster Management 
3. Small Satellite Projects for Engineering Education 
4. Space Technology Development Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean 
5. Education Curriculum on Space Engineering 
6. Regulatory and Legal Issues 
7. Use of Space Technologies for Early Warning Systems

A detailed Symposium programme will be posted in due course.

Symposium Participants

Symposium participants should be involved in the planning or implementation of space technology development activities in international or national space agencies, governmental or non-governmental organizations, research institutions, industry, universities or other academic institutions. Participants are expected to have obtained university degrees in relevant study fields or should be enrolled in relevant studies. Professional working experience in one of the fields related to the theme of the Symposium is desirable. Applications from qualified female applicants are particularly encouraged. Invited participants will receive a formal invitation letter. 

Detailed Information Note

Application Form (Application Deadline 25 July 2014)

Applicants are encouraged to use the online application accessible through the link below:

Applicants unable to submit an online application should submit the attached fully completed application form and all other required documents in electronic format (.doc or .pdf) by email to unpsa@unoosa.org:

Logistics (Hotel Arrangements, Location)

The closest airports to Ensenada, Baja California, are: Tijuana (TIJ) in Mexico and San Diego (SAN) in the USA.

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