A Vision of Beyond
One of the most noble mission of INPE is the generation and dissemination of knowledge and space applications. The initiative of UBATUBASAT is one of those rare opportunities of convergence of interests in the present and the future. For the age range of students, the project can be considered a worldwide innovation. This project involving INPE and Municipal School Pres. Tancredo de Almeida Neves was initiated in mid-2011, in order to support the assembly and testing of a small satellite, Tancredo-1, by the team of students and school teachers. More than launching a satellite, it is intended primarily to raise the young interests, very young, towards careers in science and technology, improving teaching in these disciplines and it sees to meet the current shortage of qualified professionals and foster the critical mass to complete the insertion of Brazil in the space area, ensuring its sovereignty. The technologies and knowledge associated with peak and nano satellites were already the object of interest according to INPE's research activities and development. With this deeper contact, it is noted that a satellite peak as Tancredo-1 is a very interesting tool for training undergraduate and graduate students and the staff of INPE, for presenting the functionality of a complete space system with an easy access and manipulation, including not only the satellite but the ground segment. We should emphasize that the initiative has already shown significant results, as the assembly of an engineering model of the peak satellite in operation, students being trained in welding with space qualification, visiting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, articles in symposium and important impacts in terms of diffusion of knowledge. Finally, besides the disclosure goals and staff training being achieved, it is visible amongst projects' students that their interest and encouragement have grown. If earlier, the profession they desired was uncertain, today certainly many plan to follow the spatial area.