The new Spanish space is already a consolidated industry, with a growth of 30%, according to the course Competitive opportunities for the new Spanish space: technology, impact and society, organized by Satlantis, in collaboration with the International University Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP ) .
During the course it became clear that the Spanish New Space bursts onto the international scene with force and many competitive opportunities follow one another. The challenges and, above all, these opportunities created with synergies between scientific and commercial commitment, have made the Spanish space sector an evolving reality, but firm and destined to progress by leaps and bounds in the near future.
Through dialogues on technology, industry and society, several round tables, conferences and presentations were organized on the most current issues of the Spanish special sector, with Reference players in the science and technology sectorsrepresentatives of the Spanish government, the Provincial Council of Vizcaya and institutions such as the European Commission, ESA or NASA, among other scientific organizations and European SMEs.
Raúl Blanco, General Secretary for Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises, assured at the opening of the course that “the new Spanish space is already a consolidated industry, with a balanced territorial distribution, which we must continue to develop as a priority”.
For her part, Teresa Risk, Secretary General for Innovation, who also inaugurated and moderated the debate between the main European New Space companies, affirmed that “both Espace PERTE, recently announced by the Government, and the conference of European Space Ministers which will take place in Paris next November, will strengthen the Spanish space industry with resources never seen before”.
Daniel Calleja, Director General of the European Commission and responsible for the launch of Galileo 10 years ago, indicated that Europe must insist on “the autonomy of the open strategic space”, combining collaboration and training of critical resources, while Jean-Jacques Dordain, former director of the European Space Agency, assures that “space success happens when companies outside of space get involved in the sector“, highlighting the case of Enagas, sponsor of the meeting.
For his part, Nicola Melega, from the European Space Agency, expressed the modalities of participation in the Scout, Philab and Incubed projects, showing his hope that Spain will come up with new Incubed projects as competitive as those presented at the Santander conference. .
Juan Tomás Hernani, Satlantis CEO and course director, commented that “the competitive race is international and global and that investments and project priorities must be decided according to this criterion. We’ve just introduced the next generation of cameras for 2025, using all the previous technology, but taking a leap forward in disambiguating the language of light. New detection thresholds for aerosols, methane, marine pollution, thanks to precisions never seen before”.