TURBUS: FIDAE 2024’s OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION

The International Air and Space Fair together with Turbus, official transportation company of FIDAE 2024, will have itineraries from April 9 to 14, with the aim of facilitating the transfer of those visiting the Fair.

During the week of the Trade Show, from Tuesday April 9 to Friday April 12, buses will depart from the Terminal Turbus Alameda (Universidad de Santiago Metro Station) and from the Terminal Metro Pajaritos, from 08:00 to 15:00 hours, every half hour.

During the weekend of the Air Show, from Saturday April 13 to Sunday April 14, buses will only depart to FIDAE from the Terminal Turbus Alameda (Universidad de Santiago Metro Station), from 08.15 to 15:00 hours, every ten minutes. For the return to Santiago, a point of sale will be set up at the FIDAE boarding area.

Tickets can also be purchased through www.turbus.cl (Santiago-FIDAE) and will cost $2,700 (CLP) each way. Meanwhile round-trip tickets will cost $5,000 (CLP). Children under 1.20 meters tall are free of charge.

ATTRACTIVE CONFERENCES AROUSE INTEREST DURING FIDAE 2024

On Tuesday, April 9, with the Space Summit inauguration, began a series of attractive conferences that aroused the interest of the public attending FIDAE 2024.

Among the exhibitors who captivated the public, were Petr Bares, Honorary President of the Czech Space Alliance who gave a talk, entitled: “Space Technologies to Strengthen the Czech Republic Competitiveness and Economy”.

Another expert who motivated the audience was Chilean geographer Marcelo Lagos, who gave a talk about climate change, entitled: Territories at Risk in a Changing World”.

On Wednesday, in the framework of the Space Summit, LARS was inaugurated. A series of conferences in which Dr. Patricia Oliva, Salvador Primo, Rodrigo Roa, Shinichi Nakazuka, Dr. Gustavo Medina and the astronaut Mike Bloomfield, who told to the public the details of his last trip to space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, gave presentations.

Another conference that caused interest was the “Challenges in the Process of Accident Investigation (AIG)”, organized by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC).

On Thursday, April 11, Space Summit activities continued with conferences by the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Claudio Araya; Guillermo Cifuentes and Dr. Paulina Assman; Diana McKissock; Joseph Gerber; Colonel Raj Agrawal, General and Astronaut Robert Vitttori; Captain Rich Niven and Rodrigo Mendoza.

Meanwhile, on Friday, April 12, the “Seminar on Leadership, Innovation and Mindfulness” will be conducted by Amishi Ha, PhD in neuroscience, an outstanding professional who has conducted lectures in places such as NATO, the World Economic Forum and the Pentagon, among others.

In addition, FIDAE 2024 includes commercial conferences organized by the main companies representing of the areas of Civil and Commercial Aviation, Defense, Airport Equipment and Services, Aircraft Maintenance, Homeland Security, Space Technology, Cybersecurity and UAV (RPAS).

INAUGURATION OF SPAIN PAVILION AT FIDAE 2024

On April 10, Hall B, the Spanish pavilion was inaugurated. Organized by the Spanish Association of Technology Companies in Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space (TEDAE by its acronym in Spanish) within the framework of the twenty-third edition of the International Air and Space Fair.

This event was headed by the Spanish Ambassador to Chile, Rafael Garranzo, accompanied by the Chief of the Air Force Logistics Support, José Luis Pardo.

According to what the Ambassador said during the activity, “it is very important to be present during FIDAE, since it is the main Fair in Latin America and one of the five most important in the world. Therefore, Spain, through TEDAE, could not be absent”.

Once again, the International Air and Space Fair ratifies its importance as a business platform and a gateway to the region’s market.

EXPERIENCED ASTRONAUTS VISIT FIDAE 2024

On Wednesday, April 10, astronaut and former NASA Space Shuttle commander Mike Bloomfield was the first to speak. The outstanding professional participated in three space missions, accumulating more than 753 hours in Space.

The first of his space flights was in 1997, when, as pilot of the space shuttle Atlantis, he flew the STS-86 mission. The second flight was in 2000, when he flew the Endeavour spacecraft, in charge of the STS-97 mission. His third and last mission was STS-110, which took place in 2002, as commander of Atlantis. About his last expedition, he recalled that “to be able to flight safely into space, I studied the shuttle cockpit manual for over a year”.

Before becoming a renowned astronaut, Bloomfield graduated from the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy in 1981. There, he became an F-15 fighter pilot and instructor, and in December 1994, he was selected by NASA.

On Thursday, April 11, it was Major General Roberto Vittori’s turn. He is one of the most experienced European astronauts, who attended the Italian Air Force Academy between 1985 and 1989, where he graduated as a military pilot. Vittori has over 2500 flight hours, in more than 40 aircraft models, among which stand out the F-104 Starfighter, Tornado Gr.1, and Mirage 2000.

In July 1998, he was selected as an astronaut by the Italian Space Agency, participating in three space missions in 2002 (Soyuz TM-34), 2005 (Soyuz TMA-6) and 2011 (STS-134).

About his Soyuz trip, he recalled that “it was a wonderful liftoff, and it took us about eight minutes and thirty seconds to arrive into space at a speed of 30,000 kms per second. Seeing the blue planet gives you a positive energy. It’s incredible”.

With world-renowned exhibitors, FIDAE confirms its position as an integral exhibition, becoming a center of knowledge and debate.

III° MEETING OF SPACE AGENCIES FROM IILA MEMBER COUNTRIES DEVELOPS AT FIDAE 2024

The purpose of the forum is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and promote opportunities for bilateral and multilateral cooperation among the member agencies.

With the purpose of “Making progress in the strengthening of Space Governance in the Latin American region”, the Third Meeting of the Space Agencies of the member countries of IILA, Italo-Latin American International Organization, was inaugurated on Tuesday, April 9, within the framework of the International Air and Space Fair.

The ceremony that inaugurated this meeting, organized jointly with the Chilean Air Force, was chaired by the Secretary General of IILA, Antonella Cavallari, along with the FACH Space Director, Major General (A) Luis Sáez Collantes, and the Head of Staff of the Division of Technological Development and Industry of the Undersecretariat of Defense, Yerko Benavides.

“We have to work together so that Latin America is more present in the field of space cooperation, and the IILA favors that cooperation and integration of mutual knowledge,” said Secretary General Cavallari as its main attribute.

The meeting will last until Friday, April 12, and will be attended by delegations from 13 space agencies and counterparts from IILA member countries that will participate which are Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Chile. For its part, the seminar program will address, among other topics, innovation and development in the region; strategies for strengthening space agencies; challenges and opportunities related to strengthening the space sector and boosting science and technology, among others.

This event will conclude with a tour of FIDAE by a delegation and a visit to the stand of the Chilean National Aeronautics Company (ENAER), on Friday, April 12.

INAUGURATION OF LARS SEMINAR AT FIDAE 2024

Within the framework of the third version of Space Summit on Wednesday, April 10, the Latin American Remote Sensing, LARS 2024 was launched. The ceremony was headed by Undersecretary of National Assets, Alicia Barrera Lagos, accompanied by the Space Director of the Chilean Air Force, Major General (A) Luis Sáez Collantes along with academic and economic authorities.

Organized by the Aero Photogrammetry Service (SAF) of the Chilean Air Force, has been transformed into one of the most important scientific-academic events of Space Summit, becoming a fundamental pillar for the creation of dialogue spaces and experience exchange in the remote sensing area, through presentations by outstanding researchers, academics, and developers from excellence research centers, prestigious academic institutions from different countries and companies linked to remote sensing.

This sixth version of the event gathers more than thirty outstanding national and international exhibitors distributed in a plenary session, 3 talks, 10 hybrid workshops, and 27 virtual sessions. Their activities summon audiences from different latitudes and productive sectors, addressing topics of interest to the scientific, academic, and users of the community, such as climate change, socio-natural disasters, regional planning, and the use of geoinformation for management and decision-making in various scenarios.

‘’On behalf of the Government of Chile, I wanted to congratulate the Chilean Air Force and the Aero Photogrammetry Service for this initiative that will show and analyze all the advances we have made as a country in the geospatial data development, access to these, and of course the several public policies, in addition to the development of the academia and research’’. The Undersecretary Barrera, said   “this seminar is an opportunity to continue working on issues of interoperability, transparency, democratization and, of course, mutual collaboration between the various sectors and institutions so that we can address geospatial information as a strategic input that allows us to provide answers as the State of Chile.”

For his part, the Director of the SAF, Lieutenant Colonel (A) Claudio Agüero, emphasized that the objective of LARS is to provide a space for dialogue and collaboration for authorities, professionals, academics, and specialists in the field of earth sciences, to address one of the most urgent challenges of our time: climate change. The Director said, “Gathered in this common interest to harness the power of remote sensing to better understand our planet and make more informed decisions is that, during this meeting, we will explore the many possibilities that the use of multi-spectral images and geospatial data, based on the current technology.’’

Among the exhibitors participating in the LARS 2024 conferences are the geographer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, aspecialist in extreme natural processes and their interaction with human settlements, Dr. Marcelo Lagos, and the researcher from the University of Alcalá in Spain, expert in remote sensors and forest fire studies, Dr. Patricia Oliva.

In addition to this, simultaneous discussions and workshops are held simultaneously and in conjunction with public, private and academic organizations, which are developed on the premises of the Aero Photogrammetry Service.

FIDAE 24: CHILEAN FEMALE STUDENTS GRANTED SCHOLARSHIPS BY THE KALLMAN FOUNDATION WILL ATTEND TO NASA CAMP

The award ceremony was carried out on Wednesday, April 10, where four Chilean students obtained the Astronaut Al Worden Scholarship Endeavour Challenge, who will live the unforgettable experience of practical training. There were other group of young people selected from different countries, at a NASA camp in the United States. Their names are Antonia Covacevich, Claudia Ulloa, Catalina Reyes, and Gabriela Urzúa.

The activity, presided over by the President and CEO of Kallman Worldwide, Tom Kallman, was attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Bernadette M. Mehan, the Astronaut and former NASA Space Shuttle Major, Mike Bloomfield, the Major General (A), Luis Saéz Collantes, the President of Colegio de Ingenieros de Chile, Hernán de Solminihac, among other authorities.

The winners, known as “Mission Crew #15” were selected in a nationwide contest. They will travel in July to visit Washington DC and to attend Space Camp under the leadership of Rosita Guerra, teacher at the school Escuela Arturo Merino Benítez.

During the activity, Bloomfield confirmed the importance of the Endeavour Scholarship, because it connects the young people with the world’s interest in space and strengthens the collaboration bonds between countries.

Finally, Tom Kallman and the abovementioned authorities delivered to the four young Chileans women and their teacher-guide, the clothing and badge corresponding to their next mission.

THE III VERSION OF SPACE SUMMIT OPENS WITH GREAT SUCCESS AT FIDAE 2024

Within the framework of the twenty-third edition of the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE, on Tuesday, April 9, took place the III version of the Space Summit, which represents a meeting point between the international, national and sectorial space community, along with the organizations involved in Chile’s National Space System.

The opening speech was delivered by the Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Air Force (FACH), General Hugo Rodríguez González, who stated: “For the Chilean Air Force it is a challenge to organize FIDAE every two years, and an extraordinary opportunity to host this select Space Summit. In this occasion, the event has the wonderful participation of academics, scientists, political scientists and representatives from academic institutions and national and international space and science organizations.”

He also mentioned that “During this Summit we will attend presentations with papers and positions that cover topics as diverse as Remote Sensing, Space and Economic Technology, Satellite Communications and Space Exploration Opportunities, among other very interesting topics”.

Among the authorities attending the event there were the President of FIDAE, Lieutenant General Máximo Venegas Raggio, Space Director Luis Sáez Collantes, the Chief of General Staff, Lieutenant General Leonardo Romanini Gutiérrez, and the Congressman and President of the Defense Committee of the Chamber of Congressmen and Congresswomen, Francisco Undurraga; Italy Ambassador Valeria Biagiotti; the Governor of the Magallanes Region, Jorge Flíes; the Governor of the O’Higgins Region, Pablo Silva, and the Governor of the Bio-Bío Region, Rodrigo Díaz, among other authorities.

After General Rodriguez’s speech, the defense minister Maya Fernández Allende, highlighted that: “The development of technology has been exponential during the last decades. The space capabilities that a nation can create, can’t be achieved by improvising, nor does it happen spontaneously as a natural consequence of the development achieved. It is necessary to generate and execute long-term plans and that resist the ups and downs of the economy and political alternation, and that express the national will to achieve collective development.”

The objective of this Space Summit is to exhibit, learn, analyze, and discuss the new challenges, problems, and solutions in an ever-changing world, from the aerospace perspective that today is part of the agenda of our country”.

THE XX° SOUTH AMERICAN AIR FORCES LOGISTICS COMMANDERS’ MEETING WAS LAUNCHED

Within the framework of the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2024, the XX° South American Air Force Logistics Commanders’ meeting was inaugurated on Tuesday, April 9, and will continue until Thursday, April 11.

The meeting brings together the Air Forces Logistics Commanders of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and the guest countries:  Spain, the United States, Portugal and the Dominican Republic.

The first session was attended by representatives from Argentina and Brazil.  Then, on the second day, it was the turn of specialists from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and the United States, along with experts from the Chilean company DTS.

On Thursday, it will be the turn of Paraguay, Uruguay, Spain, and Portugal, besides specialists from the Chilean National Aeronautics Company (ENAER) and DSV.

FIDAE becomes an excellent platform for the South American Logistics Commanders to meet and discuss present and future challenges in the logistics area.

UNITED STATES INAUGURATES ITS LARGE PAVILION DURING FIDAE 2024

In the framework of the International Air and Space Fair, FIDAE 2024, the opening ceremony of the U.S. Pavilion was carried out on Tuesday, April 9. Said Pavilion is composed of 85 companies, making the United States the country with the largest number of exhibitors in this twenty-third edition.

The activity was presided over by the CEO and President of Kallman, Tom Kallman, along with the Minister of National Defense, Maya Fernández Allende; the Commander-In-Chief of the Chilean Air Force, General Hugo Rodríguez González; the president of FIDAE, Lieutenant General Máximo Venegas Raggio; the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Bernadette M. Meehan and the Major of the 12th USAF Air Force, Major General USAF Evan L. Pettus.

During the inauguration, Tom Kallman revealed that, through the exhibiting companies, it was possible to raise the necessary funds to deliver the Endeavour Scholarship, which will allow four Chilean students to live an unforgettable experience at the Rocket Center Space Camp, in Huntsville, Alabama, for one week.

The United States has been attending FIDAE for 30 years, along with the most important areas of Civil and Commercial Aviation, Defense, Airport Equipment & Services, Homeland Security, Aircraft Maintenance, Space Technology, and the UAV (RPAS) and Cybersecurity sectors.