On 28 and 29 May, the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, in Lisbon, hosts the first NewSpace Atlantic Summit. The event is organized by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) in collaboration with Ciência Viva - the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, and the Space Frontier Foundation.
The opening session will be held by the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Regional Secretary for the Sea, Science and Technology of the Azores, Gui Menezes, and international specialists in the area of space such as Jean Jacques Dordain, former director of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Special Adviser to the Minister, and Pacôme Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult. Other sessions will include Athiye Jawad, an executive of Planet, Candace Johnson, President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Sarah Cruddas, journalist and broadcaster specialized in Space, and Laura Berneri, Communications Director at Thales Alenia Space.
NewSpace in the Atlantic is the motto for the conference, which has the latest national strategy for space, "Portugal Space 2030", and the draft of the Portuguese Law of Space, currently under public discussion, as some of its main focuses. Infrastructures for Space and Earth observation will be debated, with a focus on the implementation of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), launchers and communications and outreach in the Space sector. It is a unique opportunity to promote a new generation of services, together with Earth observation applications, small satellites and space constellations.
The event aims to discuss processes and products that promote the analysis of data and signals through spatial services and applications, as well as the development, construction and operation of infrastructures and services that generate spatial data in the Atlantic region. The main goal of the event is to promote new markets and qualified jobs in different areas of the economy that can arise from the sector of Space, but also to deepen the debate about mini, micro and nano-satellites with an emphasis on Atlantic regions.
The NewSpace Atlantic Summit seeks to stimulate the creation of new areas of intervention ranging from agriculture to fisheries, from infrastructure monitoring to urban development, defence and security, and to support the growth of NewSpace entrepreneurship. The programme includes several networking opportunities between the sessions to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences among participants.