Join the NewSpace Atlantic Summit!

Emerging processes and products to boost the exploitation of space data and signals through space-based and space-enabled services and applications, together with the development, construction and operation of space infrastructures and space data generation services in Atlantic regions, will be addressed in the first NewSpace Atlantic Summit 2018, in Lisbon, on May 28th-29th.

The ultimate goal is to help promoting new markets and skilled employment in diverse areas of our economies, as well as to deepen the emerging debate worldwide on mini-, micro- and nano-satellites with emphasis on Atlantic regions. The summit will be conducted in a way to opening up new areas of intervention for launchers services, including the potential development of an “open” spaceport in Atlantic regions, and extending existing satellite monitoring and tracking and Earth observation activities.

Application areas will range from agriculture and fisheries, to infrastructure monitoring, urban development, defense and security, together with the growth of New Space entrepreneurship.

The recently adopted Portuguese Space strategy, “Portugal Space 2030”, will provide context and inspiration for a wide range of topics that will be addressed by experts over several discussion panels. The new space law for Portugal will be addressed in terms of a unique opportunity to foster New Space in Atlantic regions, as well as to promote a new generation of launch services, together with Earth observation applications, small satellites and space constellations.

In addition, establishing the Atlantic International Research Centre – AIR Centre – will be discussed in a way to frame and foster an innovative R&D agenda on “Atlantic Interactions”, together with new markets and skilled employment in space/ocean/climate related activities in Atlantic regions.

Education for Space and related outreach activities will be considered, together with the need to foster and promote Space for Education.

The meeting is organized by the Space Frontier Foundation, SFF, in collaboration with the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation, FCT, and the Ciência Viva Agency for Scientific and Technology Culture.

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Programme overview

Monday, May 28, afternoon:

Welcome – An introduction by the hosts followed by brief presentations by youngsters: visions for Portugal Space 2030

Session 1 — Portugal Space 2030 and the Atlantic: a research, innovation and growth strategy.

The Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, will provide a brief opening keynote to introduce the national space strategy, “Portugal Space 2030”, to be followed by comments by expert discussants.

Session 2 — ESA Φ-lab initiative

ESA’s Earth observation Φ-lab plans to operate as a springboard for innovation by creating an environment where new ideas can be sand-boxed to seed new

Session 3 — Space markets, satellite data and maritime applications: From
deep space to deep sea.

Session 4 — Space infrastructures and actionable intelligence from space:
joining forces to better understand the Atlantic and to foster market uptake of Earth observation applications and deliver added-value to end users.

Challenges to foster market uptake of Earth observation applications will be discussed with scientists and industry. A special focus on the Atlantic will consider the progress of the installation of the Atlantic International Research (AIR) Centre, and the contribution of new space infrastructures both on the ground and in orbit.

Session 5 — Future challenges for Atlantic launching services: opportunities for Azores.

Lowering the barriers to access space (especially in terms of cost and operational availability) and the forecasted growing demand for small launchers will be discussed, together with the miniaturization of space platforms and the need to replenish units in the large constellations that are planned to be launched in the near future. These issues will frame the discussion about the potential development of a spaceport in the Azores aiming at economically sustainable and environmentally friendly launch operations.

Tuesday, May 29, morning:

Session 6 —  Space 2030 – where will we be in ten years? A forward-looking discussion on the future of the space sector from the viewpoint of the space industry and scientists.

The main research, technology and business trends shaping the future of the space sector will be addressed, with an emphasis on access to space, space data generation and applications.

Session 7 — Galvanizing support – space education and public awareness:
education for space; space for education: inspiring the general public, educators and students.

This panel will discuss education, communication and outreach activities to foster the attraction of young talents to space-related professions that will be needed to fuel the future space sector and also in boosting the enthusiasm for science, mathematics and engineering careers among students.

Session 8 — Quick-fire pitches – Maritime and other downstream applications: Entrepreneurs and companies will showcase their business models.

Session 9 — Space law: creating attractive conditions for launch services and space activities.

The Portuguese space law will be briefly presented, highlighting forms to stimulate and help regulate launching activities in an Atlantic spaceport, along with the registration of satellites, enabling competitive and economically sustainable space operations.

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About  Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia 

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under the responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education. FCT was founded in 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Through its Space Programme, FCT represents Portugal at the European Space Agency (ESA) and at the European Southern Observatory (ESO). It also cooperates with the American National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), namely by funding advanced training opportunities for Portuguese Nationals at the Agency. FCT’s Space Programme has been leading the process of creating the Portugal Space 2030 strategy and a national Space Law, and will be the base for setting up a Portuguese Space Agency.

About Ciência Viva

Ciência Viva, the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, was created in 1996 to promote public awareness of science and technology and science education at a national level, with a particular emphasis on young people. Ciência Viva is an association of research institutes and public bodies, in particular FCT, and has been developing activities along three complementary streams: science education, public awareness of science and a national network of 20 science centres. Regarding space, Ciência Viva has a large experience of developing education and outreach programmes and is the host institution for ESERO Portugal. The Pavilion of Knowledge – Ciência Viva, the country’s largest science centre and headquarters of Ciência Viva, is a member of Ecsite, the European Network of Science Centers and Museums and ASTC, the Association of Science – Technology Centers.


About the Space Frontier Foundation

The Space Frontier Foundation hosts the annual NewSpace Conference, the largest and longest running conference devoted to commercial space in the United States. Since 2006, NewSpace brings together thought leaders from startups, established companies, government agencies, investors and tech innovators to explore the opportunities and challenges of opening the space frontier to human settlement.

The Space Frontier Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit committed to realizing the vision of a greatly expanded and permanent human presence in space. The Foundation functions like a city Chamber of Commerce for the space industry, interfacing between smaller private entities, government and larger industry giants, as well as encouraging and supporting collaboration between them. The Foundation believes that privatizing space exploration will lead to faster innovation and progress, smarter financial decisions and job creation, and that the public and private sectors must work together with the former incentivizing the latter. The power of free enterprise will be the catalyst to generate the necessary technologies for humans to live and work in space and sustain a healthy, thriving space economy.


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