By Ian Grosner
In this week’s Space Café Brazil, Ian Grosner talked with Lucas Fonseca, a Brazilian Space System Engineering.
Lucas Fonseca has a BSc. in Mechatronics Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and an MSc. in Space System Engineering from the Higher Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) in Toulouse, France. He worked for three years on ESA’s Rosetta mission, as part of the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) team responsible for the construction of the Philae module and its controlled landing on the surface of the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Since 2016, Lucas has headed the Garatéa Mission, the first Brazilian attempt to send a probe to the Moon. In addition to the scientific aspects of the Mission, Garatéa will be used in an educational manner to popularize and disseminate knowledge of Space, Space Science and Space Business in schools and universities. Lucas is a science speaker and founder of Airvantis, a NewSpace company based in Brazil. Airvantis is based in Brazil and the US, promoting the bridge between Americas to develop a Newspace ecosystem within the region.
Several topics were addressed during the program. This Space Café was held during the World Space Week whose theme this year is: space and sustainability. He highlighted 2 aspects of the sustainability of space activities: economic sustainability and environmental sustainability (on Earth and in Space). He also highlighted how Brazilian companies can participate in new space and how Brazil can effectively enter the new exploration of the Moon. Lucas answered all questions from online participants and presented his ideas regarding the use of the Alcântara Space Center (CEA), located in the North of Brazil.
This Space Café Brazil, held on 7th October 2022, was hosted by Ian Grosner, correspondent of SpaceWatch.Global in Brazil.
SpaceWatch.Global is a Switzerland-based digital magazine and portal for those interested in space and the far-reaching impact of the space sector.
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