“Space: an asset to humanity” took place last week in Seville. Arguably one of the biggest aerospace events of the year, it featured more than 150 firms in the sector.
This important business, research and innovation congress took place at the Aeropolis Aerospace Technology Park in Seville, Andalusia on Thursday and Friday last week, and was attended by over 150 businesses from a number of countries. During these two days an exclusive networking forum was held, in which the present situation and future outlook of this worldwide, hi-tech and high profit industrial sector was analysed.
Different space agencies from countries such as France, Germany, Italy and United Kingdom attended the event, as did the European Space Agency (ESA).
The businesses, organisations and research centres invited to this important conference discussed in depth the present situation and the future outlook of this technological sector, which last year generated a turnover of 6.4 billion euros.
It is clear that the key to being competitive in this sector is to create synergies between the research centres and the design, engineering and construction firms. This pooling of resources would allow the enormous possibilities the sector has to offer to be further explored, and in turn bring some of the potential benefits to society as a whole.
AERTEC Solutions was also fortunate to have been invited to the event. The firm’s extensive track record in the aeronautical sector, coupled with its involvement in projects in 16 different countries across five continents positioned the firm among the other high profile attendees.
Although the industry itself is fundamental for the development of space as a business, the role of ESA must also be highlighted. The agency participated in all three of the main roundtables during the first day of the event, alongside high level delegates from the main European space agencies: Germany, France, Italy and United Kingdom. Among others, issues such as the advantages a national space agency brings to the development of the industry were tackled during the roundtable discussions.
The second day of the event focused more on the role of science and universities, both of which play a fundamental part in the development of the key research and innovation projects that lead to many of the advances in the sector. During the first roundtable of the day, representatives from CSIC, the Andalusian Astrophysics Institute and the Granada Science Park took part in a discussion alongside Mission Plank, the first European space observatory, analysing the cosmic radiation produced by the Big Bang. The second, and final roundtable of the event, featured a number of representatives from different universities involved in space research projects.