Science and Innovation earmarked 45 million euros for developing a small satellite launcher.

Jan 31, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Post, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Minister of Science and Innovation, Diana Morant, has highlighted the Government’s commitment to science and innovation and Spain’s capacity to position itself on the podium of countries capable of closing the circle of designing, manufacturing and launching satellites into space.

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Small satellite launcher.

The Ministry of Science and Innovation, through the Centre for Technological Development and Innovation, has published a 45 million euro tender for the development of a small satellite launcher through pre-commercial public procurement.

This tender, financed with European funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, is part of the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) Aerospace, coordinated by the Ministry of Science and Innovation.

Morant highlighted the importance of the space sector for citizens, as it provides essential services in the field of communications, Earth observation, navigation, security, the fight against climate change and the monitoring of phenomena such as drought, fires and emergencies such as the La Palma volcano.

Tender for the development of the satellite launcher
This action, which is strategic for Spain and Europe, is aimed at developing the capabilities and technologies needed to build the required components and the integration of the launcher, as well as the design and implementation of a test with a prototype launcher that qualifies it as a product capable of entering the small launcher market, enabling the future provision of services and applications compatible with this type of launcher.

The development of launcher technology and access to space will increase the field of activities and the product portfolio of the Spanish space sector. It could also generate a perspective of growth and increase of space activity and the development of new satellites and services based on them, becoming a catalyst for economic activity in the space sector.

PERTE Aerospace
The PERTE Aerospace will mobilise more than 4.5 billion euros to boost science and innovation in the aerospace field with the aim of responding to the challenges of the sector such as climate change, global security and digital transition.

The Aerospace PERTE will also strengthen Spain’s position in the space sector with initiatives such as the creation of the Spanish Space Agency, based in Seville.