Galbadia Aerospace Exploration Agency
|Established||1 October 2000|
|Motto||Ad astra per aspera|
|Budget||US$7.25 billion (2014)|
The Galbadia Aerospace Exploration Agency (GAEA, Portuguese: Agencia de Exploração Aeroespacial de Galbadia) is the national space agency of the Socialist Republic of Galbadia responsible for the national space program. It is responsible for planning and development of space activities. Through the merger of three previously independent organizations, GAEA was formed on 1 October 2000. Is responsible for research, technology development and the launch of satellites into orbit, and is involved in many more advanced missions, unmanned exploration of the Moon. Its motto is Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase which means any of the following: "Through hardships to the stars"or "A rough road leads to the stars".
On 1 October 2000, three organizations were merged to form the new GAEA: Galbadia Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (GISAS), the National Aerospace Laboratory of Galbadia (NALG), and National Space Development Agency (NASDAG). GAEA was formed as an Independent Administrative Institution administered by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Before the merger, GISAS was responsible for space and planetary research, while NALG was focused on aviation research. NASDAG, which was founded on 1 October 1979, had developed rockets and satellites.
Galbadia launched its first satellite, Calyope, in 1988, using GISAS Sonda-IV rocket. Prior to the merger, GISAS used small solid-fueled launch vehicles, while NASDAG developed liquid-fueled launchers. In the beginning, NASDAG used licensed Russian models. The first model of liquid-fuelled launch vehicle indigenously developed in Galbadia was the Lancer-I, introduced in 1988.