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KN4AERO present at IAC 2018 in Bremen

KN4AERO present at IAC 2018 in Bremen

AED Cluster Portugal and CEC - Conselho Empresarial do Centro will also be present at the IAC 2018, in Bremen, promoting the Portuguese Aeronautics and spacesector, supported through the project KnowNow4Aerospace



The worldwide call for interest for the Azorean Space Port will be presented during the “Breaking News Event” on October 2nd, at 11 am, during the International Congress of Astronautics, IAC 2018 in Bremen, and will be attended by the Portuguese Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Manuel Heitor. In the Portuguese delegation is also Eng. Rui Santos, General Manager of AED Cluster Portugal, and Henrique Martins representing the CEC – Conselho Empresarial do Centro, supported through the KnowNow4 Aerospace project.


In the words of Rui Santos, General Director of AED Cluster, "our presence in Bremen has a dual purpose. On one hand to continue our support to FCT initiatives in the Space sector, in particular to facilitate a continuous involvement of the Portuguese industry in the development of the exciting Portugal Space 2030 Agenda. On the other hand, to consolidate relations with international players, by increasing the visibility of the Portuguese space sector and the outstanding work that is being done by our companies, technology centers and universities. This effort is supported by the KN4Aerospace project which focuses on promoting the internationalization of Portuguese companies working within the Aerospace sector, namely those related to Industry 4.0 and the values ​​of competitiveness, sustainability and qualification of HR associated to them. "



The highlight of the event will be on October 2, where the new Space Port in the Azores will be announced, which aims to launch the first small satellites from the island of Santa Maria in the Azores. This action will take place with the presence of the Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education. The moment is organized by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia).


The Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) and the Estrutura da Missão dos Açores para o Espaço (EMA-Space) are inviting qualified entities worldwide to express their interest to collaborate with Portuguese enterprises and research laboratories to design, install, and operate a spaceport on the Island of Santa Maria, in the Azores, in association with the development and operation of a new generation of satellite launch services to space. This initiative is launched with the technical support of the European Space Agency, ESA.

The potential development of a space port in the Atlantic is intended to stimulate a new generation of space activities based on small satellites. It aims to expand existing Santa Maria Island monitoring and tracking facilities and to open up a new generation of launcher services and space activities based on small satellites for the benefit of society in general. It considers the unique location of the Azores in the Atlantic and its centrality to Europe, the Americas and Africa, with the aim of launching new launches starting in 2021.



The International Congress of Astronautics (IAC) is an event of scientific conferences and a space exhibition. It is the only opportunity of the year when about 4,000 space players from around the world gather.

Global and multidisciplinary, covering all sectors and spatial topics, it offers the latest spatial information. Every year, the IAC changes country, theme and local organizer, this year the host city is Bremen - the main German space city and one of Europe's leading space centers.

With its extraordinary and broad space sector, encompassing global players in the industry and internationally renowned research institutes, Bremen offers an exceptionally fruitful environment for the assembly of the global space community.

With the theme "IAC 2018 - involving everyone", the aim of the event is to share a vision of a more diversified space sector. In the dissemination program, special emphasis is given to the new generation of specialists in the field of space, the expansion of equal opportunities, the integration of new countries and new companies in the global space network, as well as the increase of public participation.