EXA is the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Agency,
founded on November 1st 2007 in Guayaquil, Ecuador as a civilian
independent research and development institution in charge of the
administration and execution of the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program,
conduct scientific research on planetary and space sciences and to push
forward the development of the astronautical sciences.
EXA is the first space agency in the history of
Ecuador, it has its own astronaut, the ASA/T
Ronnie Nader, trained in the
Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in the Russian Federation, serving as
the Director of the Space Operations Division and is also the Honorary
Chairman of the Directorate Board of EXA. his state of service is
active, his function is Mission Commander.
Since September 29 2008 EXA is member of the
International Astronautical Federation IAF.
Since its foundation, EXA develops its own space technology, the updated
record of EXA's history and achievements can be found
EXA built and operates the first
and only Internet-to-Orbit gateway in the world, the
station, which is currently used by many universities and research
institutions around the world. Also designed and operates the
A SATELLITE IN THE CLASSROOM program, the only
program in the world that allows elementary schools to have their own
virtual ground station, so their students can download satellite images
in real time in the classroom.
EXA designed and built the
NEE-01 PEGASUS, the first
ecuadorian satellite, the first in its class to be able to transmit live
video from space and to have its own anti radiation shield, the NEE-01
was inserted into orbit on April 25, 2013 and its twin NEE-02 KRYSAOR
entered orbit in November of the same year.
In 2011 EXA was awarded with the
VICENTE ROCAFUERTE Medal to Scientic Merit
by the National Congress, this is the highest honor bestowed by
the Ecuadorian State in scientific matters.
EXA uses some ensigns and emblems in the
uniform of its astronaut corps:
ASA/T astronaut wings: Used by EXa
Used by the FAE 047 Fuerza G-1 CONDOR crew
Aerospace mission commander star
Aerospace mission pilot star
Also EXA astronaut corps use black flight
suits and its dress uniforms are also black with silver accents, the
reason for this is because the combination is "black as the sky, silver
as the stars"