LISBON: Portugal plans to build an international launch pad for small satellites in the Azores and has agreed with China to set up a joint research center to make satellites on the mainland, its science and technology minister said on Tuesday.
The government has received tentative proposals from 14 consortiums from Europe, the United States, and Russia to design the launch pad jointly with local organizations, and to use the site in the future, Manuel Heitor said.
During the Web Summit - Europe’s largest technology conference taking place in Lisbon this week - Heitor told reporters the “spaceport” on the mid-Atlantic island of Santa Maria should be ready for commercial launches by mid-2021.
Portugal aims to pick the winning offer by mid-2019.
Heitor also announced the 50 million euro (US$57 million) joint project with China, to be funded in equal parts by the two countries and envisaging a laboratory in Portugal next year.
The microsatellites to be designed there will connect with land- and ocean-based sensors to collect data used in agriculture, fishery and oceanography.
Portugal’s funding for satellite research will come from state and private sources and involve local company Tekever, which makes surveillance drones for military and civilian applications, including searching for migrants from Africa.
Portugal Homes has very experienced and knowledgeable professionals working with some of the most established and reputable developers Portugal has to offer. Our vast experience allows us to guide you through the best investment choices.
Whether you want a holiday home or an investment property, we select the best units for your profile and take care of all the process from start to finish. Even after the sale! Our After Sales services assume the responsibility of furnishing your property at your taste, taking care of the property in your absence, managing the rentals if you wish to rent your property when you’re not in Portugal and so much more!
To learn more about the Portuguese Non-Habitual Resident Program and our After Sales services, please fill the form below.
It's fantastic how Ryan had complete knowledge regarding Lisbon and dealt with us in a great manner.Akbar Ali - Investor from Pakistan
Ryan is very professional, but also friendly and knowledgeable about the Golden Visa market. He was also flexible as travelled from the Algarve to meet me in Lisbon to stand in for 1 colleague at short notice.Investor from UK
Portugal Homes did a great job keeping me up to date with progress on my new home construction purchase by providing regular and comprehensive reports. This helped to ease anxieties about doing a home purchase in the midst of a global pandemic.Investor from the USA
Although through Zoom, we established great confidence in George's integrity. [It was] important for us to have confidence in the staff's ability to feel aligned in views.Donald Collie from Australia
The process was very quick and clear. I got all the information I needed in the first hour. The experience was perfect.Tomoko Inoue from Japan
Overwhelming. Luisa has exceeded our expectations on all levels. Trust was established immediately. Enhanced by super friendly professionalism. The networks to banks, accountants, lawyers was seamless. there is not enough space here to write all the positives, enough to say we are making an offer and we only arrived 4 days ago. Its impossible to improve from perfection!John Mulroe and Wiebke Bock