Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities

Space Agency in Venezuela

Agencia Bolivariana para Actividades Espaciales
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Formed October 25, 2007; 14 years ago (2007-10-25)
Preceding agency
Headquarters Caracas, Venezuela
Employees 270
Agency executive
  • Adolfo José Godoy Pernía, President[1]

The Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (Agencia Bolivariana para Actividades Espaciales, ABAE) is an agency of the Ministry of Science of Venezuela, responsible for developing and carrying out policies of the National Executive Venezuela regarding the use of the outer space.


Originally designated Venezuelan Space Center (CEV), created on November 28, 2005. Then, the requirements grew up and the body was renamed as Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities (ABAE). The purpose of this agency is to design, coordinate and implement and operate the policies of the Venezuelan National Executive, related to the peaceful use of outer space, and act as a decentralized entity specialized in aerospace. Since its creation, it has been working on the launch of the first artificial satellite of Venezuela, the Satellite Simon Bolivar (Venesat-1), operational on October 29, 2008, Satellite Miranda (VRSS-1) on September 29, 2012, Satellite Sucre (VRSS-2) Oct 2017,[2][3] operates the Ground Receiving Stations and Ground Application Center for the country’s remote sensing satellites.


Among the objectives of the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities,[4] some include:

  • Proposing to Venezuelan National Executive, space policies in the short term.
  • Run the space policy defined by the National Executive.
  • Develop and implement activities and programs in the space field.
  • Ensure compliance of international treaties governing space issues.
  • Establish technical criteria for harmonizing the various national initiatives in the field of space technology.
  • Promote solidarity and cooperation among the National Government institutions.
  • Others as defined by their body attachment.

Research lines and specific interests[edit]

A Long March 2D launching VRSS-1 on 29 September 2012

Among the research and interests of the Bolivarian Agency for Space Activities, some include:[5]


  • Technological Appropriation Program of VENESAT-1
  • Training of Venezuelan operators and engineers in overlooking the administration of satellite ground control port.
  • Transmission of telecommunication signals from fixed service between earth stations. The flow includes areas of telephony, fax, radio programs, television and the Internet .
  • Applications in maritime, aeronautical and land mobile services satellite intercom from SMS mobile networks.
  • Direct Broadcast Services video, audio and other data to the general public from the space platform.

Earth Observation[edit]

  • Operate and Distribute the image data from the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite constellation.
  • Generation of Thematic Maps, Data and value added material for Remote Sensing Applications.
  • Global Navigation Research & Applications.
  • Earth Resources research (Mining, Oil & Geomorphology ).

Space Engineering[edit]

  • Research and Develop capabilities for Spacecraft’s Design, Assembly Integration and Test.
  • Mission & Satellite System Design, Mechanism & Structure, On Board Data Handling, Attitude & Orbit Control System, Telemetry/Telecommand and Ranging, Power Supply, Payload Data Transmission, Thermal Control
  • Assembly & Integration Process Design, Thermal Test Operation, Acoustic Test, Dynamic Test, Fuel Pipe’s Leackage Test, Electrical Test
  • Satellite Control Center Operation.


The Institution is governed and administered by a Board of Directors[4] composed of a Chairman and four members and their alternates. The President is appointed by the head of state, the four members and their alternates shall be officials of appointment and removal of the Minister of Science (MPPEUCT) [6]

See also[edit]


Member Of[edit]

International Charter ‘Space and Major Disasters’

External links[edit]