AIR Center will build Atlantic Spaceport in Azores
The Atlantic Spaceport, the space base for low-cost launches
planned for Azores, has been green-lit and "should involve an investment
of around 300 million euros", says the President of the Fundação para a
Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Paulo Ferrão.
The Atlantic Spaceport is one of the structures that will
integrate the Azores International Research Center (AIR Center). The goal of this
project is to develop an international cooperation platform, dedicated to
integrated research in the areas of climate, earth observation, energy, space
and oceans, involving Portugal, Brazil, Canada, USA, South Africa, Angola,
Morocco and other European states.
The signature of the AIR Center founding agreement is slated
for April 2017, in a summit to be held at Azores by the Science Ministries of
Portugal and Brazil.
FCT has submitted a preliminary document to discussion by
the national scientific community about the project. It defends "a new
debate on a multilateral cooperation approach to science, for an integrated
approach to space, climate change, earth and ocean sciences in the Atlantic,
with emerging methods of processing scientific data. "
This document was created with the contribution of scientists
from Portuguese institutions, companies and universities (Azores, Porto, Minho,
Algarve and Lisbon), as well as from the European Space Agency, NASA, the US
Department of Energy and other American universities, such as MIT, the
University of Texas and Carnegie Mellon University.
Read the Portuguese article at Expresso (PDF version) aicep Portugal Global Online (November 5, 2016)