On May 28 and 29, the Pavilion of Knowledge in Lisbon will host the first NewSpace Atlantic Summit. The event is organized by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in collaboration with the Ciência Viva Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture and the Space Frontier Foundation. The opening session will be attended by the Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, the Azores Regional Secretary for the Sea, Science and Technology, Gui Menezes, and international experts in space such as Jean Jacques Dordain, former director of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Special Advisor to the Minister, and Pacôme Revillon, CEO of Euroconsult. Other sessions include Athiye Jawad, executive of Planet, Candace Johnson, President of the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Sarah Cruddas, journalist and producer specialized in space, and Laura Berneri, Communications Director of Thales Alenia Space.
NewSpace in the Atlantic sets the tone for the conference, which has the recent national strategy for space, "Portugal Space 2030", and the proposed Space Law, currently under public discussion, as some of the main focuses. The infrastructures for space and earth observation will be discussed, with a focus on the implementation of the Atlantic International Research Centre, the launcher service and scientific dissemination, education and communication in the sector. This is a unique opportunity to drive a new generation of services, along with Earth observation applications, small satellites and space constellations.
It is also intended to present processes and products that enhance the exploitation of space data and signals through space services and applications, as well as the development, construction and operation of infrastructure and services that generate space data in the Atlantic regions. The main objective of the event is to promote new markets and qualified jobs in various areas of the economy that may arise with the space sector, but also to deepen the debate about mini, micro and nano satellites with emphasis on the Atlantic regions.
The NewSpace Atlantic Summit also seeks to stimulate the opening of new areas of intervention ranging from agriculture to fisheries, from infrastructure monitoring to urban development, defense, and security, and about the growth of NewSpace entrepreneurship.
The event's program also integrates several networking moments, between sessions, to provide an exchange of ideas and experiences among the participants.