SGAC Countries

SGAC Jordan

National Points of Contact
Montaser Sallam Albdelrahman Alda'as
Montaser Sallam
Nov 2015 - Nov 2017
Abed Alda'as
Apr 2016 - Apr 2018
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Welcome to the national page of Jordan. While Jordan does not have a space agency of its own,its interest in space is starting to gain momentum. The space movement in Jordan is almost entirely driven by the younger generation, that’s no surprise considering Jordan’s median population age of 21. There are a couple of Pico-satellite projects recently announced in Jordan and they will be entirely built by students.

One of the most active space societies in Jordan is the Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS), it was established in 1987 and has over 300 active members, it’s now temporarily located at the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS) – Amman.

If you are a Jordanian young professional or a student with interest in Space, do not hesitate to join us!


Young Space Activities Overview in Jordan

The Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS) holds numerous activities throughout the year, participants from all ages and backgrounds get to participate, and these events attract speakers on a weekly basis to discuss various topics such as astrophysics, astronomy, radio imaging and space missions. The society also organizes star/meteor gazing trips to young people and publishes a monthly bulletin –Pleiades- (Al-Thurayah).

A team of young engineering undergraduates is working on building and launching the first Jordanian Cubesat, the multidisciplinary team was selected from different Jordanian universities.

Another Pico-satellite project called SunewnewSat is under development by EE undergraduate Montaser Sallam, he aims to design, build and launch the first Jordanian Pocketqube satellite with a goal of promoting space science and engineering among Jordanian students through this low cost satellite platform.


Country-Specific Events in 2016

A number of space related events will be held by the remainder of this year, these events will include lectures about space, astronomy and engineering as well as star gazing trips. The exact dates and locations will be updated on the website of the JAS and its social FB group, web links are mentioned below.


Interesting weblinks in Jordan

The Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS) - Website
Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences (AUASS)
Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre
The Jordanian Astronomical Society (JAS) - FB Group
Royal Jordanian Radio Amateur Society
SunewnewSat - The Jordanian Pocketqube satellite

Perseid-meteor-shower Sunewnewsat
Perseid meteor shower 240th Camp Prototype of SunewnewSat
NASA star gazing
Senior Engineer at NASA's JPL Nagin Cox visit to Jordan StarGazing,JAS
The Martian  
Wadi Rum The Martian  


SGAC Latvia

National Point of Contact
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Kirils Bistrovs
May 2016 - May 2018
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Welcome to Space Generation Advisory Council in Latvia page!

Latvia historically has involved in space related activities and gained significant expertise in space technology. For example, in 90’s one of the Latvian institutions were involved in the  project with  France, so-called, “Mars 94”  where a satellite were sent to the Mars; also Latvia took part in a project related to Buran Space Shuttle development, namely: in the development of polyurethane foam insulation and heatshield ceramics.  On the 15th of March in 2013, Latvia signed European Cooperating State Agreement with European Space Agency. This allowed Latvian space related businesses and institutions to take part in ESA (and its partners) projects, and open doors for different space-related opportunities for Latvian young space enthusiasts. The goal of SGAC Latvia is to see Latvia fulfilling its potential in Space Sector, and it wants to achieve that using only one method: bringing together young Latvians that are interested in Space and forming the network. Join the community today!


Young Space Activities Overview in Latvia

After signing the Cooperating State Agreement, Latvia had to agree on a five year development plan (PECS) with ESA representatives. Main objective of this plan is to prepare Latvia for closer cooperation with ESA. During this five year period Latvia has to develop its space sector that it is mature enough to become part of ESA and secondly to get to know ESA better. The latter will help Latvia easily to take part in various ESA projects. Approximately once a year European Space agency announces an open call exclusively to Latvian companies to propose space related project. The total annual budget for this initiative is 1 million EUR.  At the moment, there are 5 projects in Latvia that are being sponsored by ESA in the following fields:  Earth Observation projects (72% of the total budget), Education projects (23%) and little in Space Technology projects (5%).

For young people, Universities and private companies run different contests and open lecture devoted to space. For instance, Young Astronomers Club has a gathering once a month open to everyone who want to learn more about astronomy. In addition, soon the development of a new university course related to satellites will be completed in Ventspils University College. The latter is an unprecedentedly fully space related program in Latvia and a great opportunity for Latvian and foreign students interested in Space Industry.


Latvia becomes seventh Euroepan Cooperation State of ESA (15 March 2013)

Signature of the PECS Charter between ESA and Latvia (30 January 2015)

Country-specific Events in 2017

  • March 1 - Latvian Astronomy association meeting - The annual meeting of the Latvian Astronomy association to discuss the previous and upcoming events, special emphasis will be given to astronomy popularization in museums and observatories and field trips - Main building of Latvian University, Riga, Raina bulvaris 19, room # 12
  • March 8 - The Young Astronomy Club meeting - It is an opportunity to find out more about astronomy and to socialize with like-minded peers. Main building of Latvian University, Riga, Raina bulvaris 19, classroom # 404

  • April 8 - SatrParty #17 - It is a public lecture about the Sun, followed by observations using the Observatory equipment -  StarSpace       Observatory Suntazi.

  • September 16 - SatrParty #18 - It is a public lecture about the Cassini mission, followed by observations using the Observatory             equipment -  StarSpace Observatory Suntazi.

  • Young Astronomers Club have a meeting every second Wednesday of a month (during the academic year), in Latvian University main building, Riga; there you will have opportunity to take part in different events; to get answers on your astronomy related questions, to listen a lecture about astronomy.


Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Latvia


Riga Technical University Aeronautical Institute

Riga Aeronautical Institute

Academic and Professional Aviation Centre

Latvian University Institute of Astronomy



Space Library

Baldone Observatory

Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center



We are currently seeking a national point of contact for Oman. More information available here.

Welcome to the SGAC Oman page.‎‏ ‏Sultanate began attention in the field of space and astronomy before the creation of ‎the Department of astronomical Affairs in the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs which includes three sections: ‎section monitoring Crescents, the Department of astronomical observatories, endoscopes, the Department of ‎Astronomy and Calendar reports and be of its terms of reference:

Follow-up monitoring of Hegira months, cosmic phenomena, supervise the work of committees, sub-‎field observation Crescents, coordination among themselves on communications for investigate crescents holy month of ‎Ramadan, Eid ‎and prayer timings As well as continue to run telescopes, observatories, supervise the maintenance, accuracy in ‎performance and prepare reports for astronomical migratory months.

In addition to participating in conferences, seminars, lectures and exhibitions relating to the ‎astronomy science, follow the news and information cross the World Wide Web with regarding phenomena ‎of cosmic, continuous communication cooperation with the authorities that have to do the same field within and outside the Sultanate. ‎After that had been working on the establishment of the Astronomical Society of Oman in May 2004 after the fifth astronomy Gulf meeting which was held at Sultan Qaboos University. Then rolled several meetings to setting goals and ‎put Society system by consulting with stakeholders from the Ministry of Social Development and recommending the members of the Board of Directors to begin the adoption and publicize the Society actions. Reached the number of founders were 50 of who are interested in astronomy science.

Society was declared on Saturday, June 7, 2008 by Ministerial decision of the Minister of Social Development. Its aims to gather who are interested astronomy in Oman for the purpose of exchange and dissemination of knowledge in this field through a series of workshops and meetings for members and interested. So Omanis interested in astronomy science since the era of Sinbad Oman and close attention to their daily lives.


Young Space Activities Overview in Oman

Space exploration projects in the Sultanate of Oman will achieve big leap in the march of comprehensive development,‎ It ‎will translates as cultural and technical development reached by the Country,‎ We will work on a new technical challenge ‎program results and looking for youth in Sultanate of Oman to be involved and contribute to the field of Space Projects in ‎every ‎them Specialty.


Recent Country-Specific Events

The seventh Astronomical camp for families
29 – 31 August 2013; Jebel Shams‎, Oman

Organized by the Astronomical Society of Oman in the summer activities. Where its activities are held the tourist resort of Jebel Shams, which lasted for two days, the first day has included many passages, including an explanation of how to do telescopes.

And work of photographing the sunset Competition. Then the President of Public Relations and Media lecture about (the astronomical heritage of Oman). Also held a workshop for the little astronomer and explain sky Page and astronomical observation for men and another for women. Also they held an evening recreational for adults and astrophotography then spent attendance free time in roaming within the resort for an overview what is in the resort of different services prepared for visitors as well as meetings between the participants.

  Camp of Jebel Shams   Preparing for an evening of astronomical observations  


Research, Collection, Preservation and Study of Omani Meteorites
14 December 2012; Ministry of Commerce and Industry‎, Oman

Regarding the draft study meteorites Omani properties which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry began work on it. It was cooperation with the Swiss Museum of Natural History and the University of Ottawa in Canada in order to assemble a number of pieces of meteorite to conduct laboratory tests and the completion of studies on them.

There is also another project entitled "research, collection, preservation and study of Omani meteorites” It aims to understand the processes and conditions that lead to enrich the Omani desert meteors, and knowledge rates of the fall of meteorites per 1 ‎Km ‎ sq. in the year, and knowledge of operations and rates of erosion by collecting meteorites 5899 meteorite pieces.

  Overview meteorite search   Omani-Swiss meteorite search group  


10th Arab Conference on Astronomy & Space Sciences
05 - 08 Feb 2012; Muscat, Oman

10th Arab Conference on Astronomy & Space Sciences which was held from 5-8 Feb 2012 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. The theme of the Conference was "The Role of Astronomy and Space Sciences in Developing Contemporary Societies".

The conference mainly dwelled on areas such as space-based earth observations and monitoring, innovations in astronomy and space science education, astronomical projects and observatories, youth and amateur astronomy research projects, peaceful usage of outer space technologies; and solar activities and climatic change relations. 

  Discussion of International experts   Participation global space agencies  


Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Oman


National Point of Contact

 Rania Toukebri

May 2015 - May 2019

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Welcome to SGAC Tunisia! This is the right place to inform yourself about the most recent developments in space related topics in Tunisia.
Tunisia is carrying out big steps to have a strong presence in space. Young students and professionals are trying to participate actively in space projects. In order to keep moving on in this field, young space enthusiasts are the welcome to help Tunisia having a key role in the space community. 

International Cooperation
Tunisia joined some projects of scientific research through programs and technical cooperation. Some of them are:
• International organizations involved in Earth observation
• Focal point for UN-SPIDER.
• Focal Point for Regional Activity Center for Remote Sensing in the Plan of Action for the Mediterranean (ERS / RAC MAP).
• IAF Membership in 2009

Feel free to contact us in all space-related matters, share ideas and join us!


Young Space Activities in Tunisia

The space activities in Tunisia are mainly related with some universities and the Tunisian Space Agency that represents the next Tunisian space generation. Tunisian Space Agency is a scientific association in Tunisia created in June 2012 to promote the aerospace field in Tunisia.

Tunisian Space Agency events offers a unique opportunity to meet, discuss relevant space topics, and enables the young generation to participate in space activity. In the last years, many space projects were done by students: mini rockets and cubesat. They design, build, expose and launch their projects. Many of them were successful. Among these projects, we have:

Almaz 01, which is a mini rocket made by a future engineer Elyes Mehri
Star01 is also another mini rocket made by a mechanical engineer Oussama Filali, in ENIT (National Institute of Engineering of Tunis)
Taparoura 01 is a mini rocket created by Houssem Ghariani, Mechanical engineer from ESPRIT (Private Graduate School of Engineering and Technology)
Carthage Sat 01 is a Tunisian picosatellite , it is the graduation project of the president of Tunisian Space Agency : Karim Hamid

Many sponsors are getting involved to enhance space activities: universities, companies, media like: Ministry of Women and Family Affairs, ESPRIT, ENIT, AirLiquid, , Kaspersky Lab, Altmutawaset, Office of Civil Aviation and Airports.

Almaz 01, mini rocket by Elyes Mehri


Taparoura 01, mini rocket created by Houssem Ghariani

CarthageSat 01 by Tunisian Space Agency


Country Specific Events in 2017

 January 15 - TuniSpace days 7th edition - Exhibition , conferences and launching of scientific rockets - Tunis at IsetCom( High Institute of Technology and Communication Studies)- (picture 4)

 March 18 -20 – TuniSpace days 8th edition – Exhibition , conferences and launching of scientific rockets – Tozeur

TuniSpace Days 7th Edition

Interesting Web Links for the Young Space Generation in Tunisia


SGAC Yemen

We are currently seeking a national point of contact for Yemen. More information available here.

Welcome to the page of SGAC Yemen. Yemen has always been a favorite of astronomers, in principle, to contain them on the mountains more than 3,000 meters high, and some places that are very favorable for astronomical and space observations. Yemen began interest in space and astronomy by the Ministry of Awqaf and Religious Alhaan in Crescent Observation. With a few of the possibilities of monitoring the Hejira months and cosmic phenomena, and supervise the work of the committees, semi Crescents field monitoring and coordination and communications among them in order to achieve reports during the holy month of Ramadan and Eid and prayer times and with people interested in this area.

Dr. A.H.Sultan is searching - in collaboration with a colleague from Swaziland - for the ideal site on the Arabian Peninsula summits for the installation of a regional observatory. A.H.Sultan participated in the International Heliophysical Year [IHY], which officially closed as of March 2009. Many aspects of IHY are being continued through the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI).

Though Yemen currently has no satellites of its own, it does have a receiving station where it gathers images from different satellites circling the earth. The construction of the Yemen Remote Sensing and GIS Center started in 2006, and the center has already been in use for two years.

In May 2008 the French Cultural Center in cooperation with Sana'a University, Yemen, presented an exhibition of satellite photos along with information to encourage aspiring scientists to use such technology. The photo show, called "The Earth Viewed From Above," was on display at the Jamal Abdul Nasser exposition room at the old University of Sana'a campus until May 28 and then after that at the French Cultural Center in Sana'a.

For more information:


Young Space Activities Overview in Yemen

As for now, National Point of Contact of Space Generation Advisory Council in Yemen will collaborate with Sana’a University and Aden University Department of Physics for a several activities in the Year 2017. 

Currently there are many activities in Yemen on space and we are hopeful to cooperate with the Advisory Board of the Space Generation for activities among the space communities in Yemen.


Country-Specific Events in 2017

  • Activities and seminars in the departments of Applied Sciences in Yemeni universities coming soon!


Interesting Web Links for the Space Generation in Yemen

Sana’a University

Aden University

Government Portal for Universiities

Dhamar University

Dhamar University, Faculty of Applied Science

Facebook Abdul Malek Gassar

Yemen - The high mountain tops best suited for astronomical observation

Yemen -2015- Ankara summit of the highest peaks in Yemen best suited for satellite monitoring

Yemen -2014- scientific edifice of the Faculty of Science, University of Dhamar




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