The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) celebrated 30 years with a ceremony held at the Itamaraty Palace, in Brasília, on Thursday (22).

On the occasion, the president of AEB, Marco Antonio Chamon, highlighted some milestones of the Brazilian Space Program during this period. Among them, the 500 launches carried out at the Alcântara Launch Center (CLA), during its 40 years of existence and the more than 3,500 rocket launches and important space tracking services for other countries, carried out at the Barreira do Inferno Launch Center.

During his speech, Chamon also mentioned successful international partnerships, such as with China under the CBERS Program; with Argentina for the production of SABIA-Mar; and the SPORT satellite, a nanosatellite developed by the Aeronautics Technological Institute (ITA), together with the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and NASA. Furthermore, he congratulated SCD-1 on its 31st year in orbit and Amazonia 1, the first remote sensing satellite fully designed, integrated, tested and operated in Brazil.

“We can say that Brazil has achieved a lot in its space program, and we would not have done this without the tireless work of many, many people who dedicate themselves, sometimes invisibly, to the Brazilian Space Program. I thank them for this work. I greet my colleagues, AEB collaborators, who are here with us and those who were unable to come. On their behalf, I salute all those who fought and are fighting for the development of the Space Program. Those who fight all their lives are essential”, stated the president of AEB.

Then, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Luciana Santos, stated that the scientific advancement of a nation depends on building capabilities and, through space policy, communication and satellite surveillance systems were developed and improved, which are fundamental for monitoring our wealth, territories, water resources, agricultural harvests, in addition to protecting indigenous lands and managing natural disasters.

“The space sector is experiencing a promising moment and has our support and the support of the entire government for its development. I renew my congratulations to the president of AEB, the employees and researchers who are the main asset of this public policy. Those who contributed decisively to the advancement of Brazilian Space Policy,” she said.

As part of the program, 15 Brazilians were honored and invited to receive a Space Merit Honor Medal for their relevant work in the Brazilian space sector. Among them are technicians, researchers and other personalities who stood out for their work in the space field. MundoGEO CEO, Emerson Granemann, was one of those honored. He was the creator of the SpaceBR Show, the main event in the space sector in Latin America.

In addition, there was a Tribute of Honor for Length of Service to employees who, in 2024, completed or exceeded, respectively, 10, 15 and 20 years of service provided to AEB.

On this occasion, Correios do Brasil launched the personalized stamp and commemorative stamp commemorating the date. This issue highlights the important work carried out by the Agency in its recognition as an entity with great potential for the entire Brazilian society. The stamp’s art was characterized by the logo created for its 30th anniversary celebrations.

The opening panel included the President of AEB, Marco Antonio Chamon; the Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovation, Luciana Santos; the Director of DCTA, Air Major Brigadier Maurício Augusto Silveira de Medeiros; the Director of INPE, Clezio Marcos de Nardin; and the Correios Business Director, Sandro Alexandre Almeida, representing the President of Correios, Fabiano Silva dos Santos.