Friday, 19 April 2024
On the 9th and 10th of November, Seville was home to the 2nd Edition of the Space Congress, an event organized by the Spanish Association of Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space Technology Companies (TEDAE) and the Spanish Space Agency (AEE), which was attended by over 200 representatives from both national and international companies and institutions of the sector.
This new edition, which was finally held after overcoming the restrictions related to Covid-19, served as the grand finale of Space Week and gathered together the top representatives of the European space sector.
The main goal of this Congress was to showcase the capabilities of the sector in Spain and its achievements. More specifically, as per the KPMG report on the ‘Economic and Social Impact of the Defense, Security, Aeronautics and Space Industry’ prepared for TEDAE, this sector has, for the first time, exceeded a turnover of 1 billion euros, which proves that it is a strategic industry with a great outlook.
The European Union, especially with Copernicus, has positioned itself as a world pioneer in terms of sustainability, clearing up the path for the Green Deal towards a net zero economy that is respectful of the planet”
In addition, it was an opportunity to reveal the key European strategic plans of action for this decade in relation to space, as well as to analyze the conclusions drawn during Space Week at a key moment for the sector.
Amparo Valcarce, Secretary of State for Defense, was in charge of the inauguration of the Congress. As part of her speech, she highlighted the importance of the space sector for strategic autonomy and its ‘driver’ nature, which is essential for economic development, and stated that the participation of the Ministry of Defense in this Congress is a testament to the efforts in performing “an efficient institutional undertaking in support of the promotion and knowledge of the industrial and technological foundations of defense, both in national and international landscapes”. “Spain is a serious, reliable European ally with a strong leadership in space research, knowledge, technology and industry,” Valcarce added.
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Next, Paraskevi Papantoniou, Head of the Space Policy Unit (DEFIS C.1) European Commission, during his speech ‘A resilient and sustainable EU space’, stated that “by means of the Observatory of Critical Technologies we can monitor the vulnerabilities of space and defense value chains of the European Union, producing dual-use technologies”. He also explained that “the European Union especially with Copernicus has positioned itself as a world pioneer in terms of sustainability, clearing up the path for the Green Deal towards a net zero economy that is respectful of the planet”.
A roundtable was also held, called ‘Space for Sustainability. Earth Observation,’ which saw the participation of Fernando Gómez-Carpintero, CEO of Airbus Crisa; Inmaculada Serrano, Space CTO at Indra; Elisa Rivera, president of the Permanent Commission of the Spanish Space Agency; Paraskevi Papantoniou, Head of the Space Policy Unit (DEFIS C.1) - European Commission; Louis Tillier, Deputy Director of the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen), and Luis Guerra, Head of Space Systems Spain at Airbus.
After this roundtable came to its conclusion, Heriberto Saldivar, ESA Head of Strategy Department, explained during his speech that countless satellites facilitate our everyday lives on Earth, where in regard to telecommunications, navigation or Earth observation. “They are our eyes in the sky and play an essential role in understanding our weather and our climate,” he remarked.
The last roundtable for the day focused on ‘The immediate future. Navigation, launch vehicles, science and exploration’, which saw the participation of Miguel Romay, Satellite Navigation Systems General Manager at GMV; Luisa Lara of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia and member of the Space Science Advisory Committee of ESA; Kai-Uwe Schrogl, ESA’s Special Advisor for Political Affairs; Eva Villaver, director of the Space and Society Office of the AEE, and Diego Rodríguez, Director of Space and Science at Sener Aeroespacial.
The first day of Space Congress concluded with a reception at the headquarters of the Spanish Space Agency.
The second day began with a presentation by Miguel Belló, director of the Spanish Space Agency Belló, director of the Spanish Space Agency, in which he commented on the the main conclusions of the Seville Space Week. of Seville. Belló said that the countries of the European Union and the countries of the European Space Agency have European Union and the countries of the European Space Agency have made it very made it very clear that Earth observation and the use of space systems for climate change. of space systems for climate change is the number one priority, "the most number one priority, "the most important challenge we have". In addition, he reported that during the summit the entry of the United Kingdom and Greece had been announced. the entry of the United Kingdom and Greece into the Atlantic Constellation project had been announced at the summit. Atlantic Constellation project.
The ‘Connectivity and Security in Space’ roundtable saw the participation of Jérémie Godet, Head of Unit (acting) for Secure Connectivity and Space Surveillance (DEFIS B.1) European Commission; Jaime Sánchez Mayorga, national representative in the GOVSATCOM and Secure Connectivity (IRIS2) Programs Committee of the Defense Programs Department of the AEE; Stéphane Terranova, CEO of Thales Alenia España; Miguel Ángel García Primo, CEO of Hisdesat, and Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO of Hispasat.
The last speech of the day was delivered by Rodrigo da Costa, Executive Director at EUSPA, who also highlighted the importance of Copernicus as the eyes of Europe on Earth, since it collects vast amounts of information oodles of data to comprehend not only what is currently taking place, but also to create models to predict the future across highly diverse applications.
An excellent culmination where the most important elements in which the Spanish industry has relevance have been analyzed, such as science, Earth observation, navigation, connectivity and security, and the Spanish Space Agency”
As the Congress neared its conclusion, the last roundtable was held on the subject of the Spanish Space Agency, with the participation of Alonso Cabrera, Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (ALCE); Raul Kulichevsky, Executive and Technical Director of CONAE; Jorge Potti, Vice President for Space of TEDAE; Carlos Hernando, Aerospace Business Development at INECO; José María Martell, Vice-president for Scientific and Technical Research of CSIC, and Miguel Belló, Director of the AEE.
Ricardo Martí Fluxá, President of TEDAE, and Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General for Innovation, were in charge of the closing speech for this second edition of the Congress. During his talk, the President of TEDAE stressed that “Spain has proven to be a very important stakeholder in the research and exploitation of Space. I believe that we are on track and in very good hands. We need to keep advancing in this adventure to which we are all committed”.
Lastly, the Secretary General for Innovation stated that this Congress has been “an excellent culmination where the most important elements in which the Spanish industry has relevance have been analyzed, such as science, Earth observation, navigation, connectivity and security, and the Spanish Space Agency”.
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