Brazil Sends Students to Study Rocketry in Ukraine

Editor’s Note: Brazil took a small, but significant, step this month in building up its domestic space capability by sending 10 aerospace engineering students to study in Ukraine.

The two nations are working on a joint project to launch the Ukrainian Cyclone-4 rocket from Brazil’s Alcantara Launch Center.

The foreign exchange program is part of a much larger national program, Science Without Borders, that aims to educate scientists, engineers, technicians and others overseas to build up Brazil’s technical capabilities and competitiveness.

A report from the Brazilian Space Agency on the aerospace education exchange follows after the break.

AEB PR — The president of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Marco Antonio Raupp, received yesterday (Dec. 7), the ten students from the University of Brasilia (UNB) that were selected for the master’s program in aerospace engineering in Ukraine.

The proposal in this specialization is to train future professionals to work in the binational company Alcantara Cyclone Space (ACS). Students will spend six months in Ukraine, where they will have contact with the Cyclone-4. They will be received at Dnipropetrovsk University and return to Brazil to complete a master’s degree.

For the coordinator of strategic investments of the Board of Space Policy and Strategic Investments, John Valentin Bin, the specialization of students in Ukraine will be essential to strengthen cooperation between countries and help reduce a major problem with the Brazilian Space Program which is the lack of skilled labor.

“They are the pioneers of this program. The success of this venture will draw the attention of other students who in turn will also seek the expertise in this area, “he says.

The mechanical engineer Peter Kaled, one of the team members graduate, agrees with the coordinator of the AEB. He said the partnership can take the “boom” that the Brazilian Space Program needs. “When the rockets start to be launched, attracting media to the PEB will be great and immediate. The return of this exhibition will come in the form of more investment, both private sector and the public, “he says.

Another aspect that may add entries to the PEB, the second student is able to draw the attention of new minds. Peter Kaled, incidentally, is living proof of how to launch an operation can attract people’s curiosity.

“I always liked the space. However, the fact that really hooked me was when I was eight years old. I could see in situ the launch of U.S. space shuttle Columbia from Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States. From that moment I knew that my future career would be focused on the space. “

In addition to Peter Kaled, are also part of the group that will specialize in Ukraine students: Adriana Correa, Andre Souza, Cristiano Vilanova, Fábio Oliveira, Fabio dos Santos, Felipe Fraga, Gabriel de Oliveira, Rodrigo Gomes and Jefferson Chaura.