Portugal Space 2030 – A research, innovation and growth strategy for Portugal
Info: The Portuguese space sector evolved greatly since Portugal became a member of the European Space Agency (ESA) in late 2000. Participating in ESA’s programmes enabled the inception and growth of a set of businesses and research organisations and of a new generation of young Portuguese engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs, who develop and deliver innovative solutions to the complex scientific and technological challenges that characterize space systems. The capacities acquired were further developed thanks to an active participation in the European Union’s Copernicus, Galileo and Framework Research programmes, which contributed to further strengthen cooperation with space communities all over Europe. It is in this context that Portugal puts forward a research, innovation and growth strategy, aligned with its geographical location and its scientific and entrepreneurial ecosystem. It lays down also the building-up of legal, financial, institutional, international and cultural frameworks that are able to boost the development of the space sector in Portugal, either through nationally-lead initiatives or through international cooperation, for the decade to come.
Info: The Atlantic International Research Centre aims to stablish a long-term platform for North-South, South-North, East-West and West-East collaboration in the Atlantic towards a holistic, integrative and systemic approach to knowledge on space, oceans, climate change impacts, energy and data sciences, while fostering an inclusive perspective to science, technology and economic development. The AIR Centre is meant to become a knowledge and data driven network organisation, enabling innovative work through bottom-up initiatives that will face new and greater challenges and R&D gaps. The AIR Centre will work for the benefit of people living on the margins of the Atlantic by addressing challenges that are common to different regions or countries and by promoting projects that require the transregional and/or transnational dimension it can provide. Another relevant ambition is to work together with funding bodies, so that the identification of projects is aligned also with the priorities of S&T national and regional funding agencies, for science driven projects, and the priorities of the multilateral banks (BAfD, BID, BEI, WB) for projects with socioeconomic impact. The AIR Centre Steering Committee and Executive Committee (ExCo) were created in November 2017 by the Florianopolis Declaration in Brazil. Their mandate is to set-up the AIR Centre until November 2018 as a private non-for- profit association under the Portuguese law and to make it evolve to an international scientific network organisation in a later phase.
Atlantic Spaceport Center Feasibility Assessment Report
Info: The University of Texas team (UT Team) has prepared a report commissioned by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia in which it assesses the feasibility of establishing and operating a small satellite spaceport (Atlantic Spaceport Center, or ASC) in the Região Autónoma dos Açores (Azores). The UT team concludes that a small-sat spaceport situated in the Azores is technically feasible and, when aligned with the anticipated small-sat launch market and amplified by Portugal’s substantial technological, economic, and educational capabilities, qualifies as a market opportunity.
More information about this study will be provided during Session 5 – Future challenges for Atlantic launching services.
Info: This educational project of the European Space Agency (ESA) challenges students to design, build, test and operate a satellite integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. These satellites are then launched by a rocket to an altitude of up to one kilometre or dropped from a platform or captive balloon in order to carry out a scientific experiment, communicate data collected to a computer on the ground and achieve a safe landing. The data produced is then analysed by the students. In 2018, Portugal hosts the CanSat Competition in the Azores. The Portuguese participation and the Finale are organized by Ciência Viva – National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, within ESERO Portugal, and by the Regional Government of the Azores, through the support of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT).