Executive Summary

Portugal Space is an agency to be primarily considered as an instrument of the Portuguese government, in close articulation with the Regional Government of the Azores, to implement the national strategy ‘Portugal Space 2030’, in order to make Portugal a place of space-related innovation, based on scientific excellence and competitive industrial capabilities, generating high level jobs, inspiring young generations and positioning Portugal as a significant contributor of progress in the world, with a particular action on emerging forms of the “New Space”. Portugal Space will lead spectrum management, technology transfer and regulatory frameworks for the responsible use of space and for collaborating with other nations to deliver maximum benefit from national investments in space.

Objectives

1.

Promote economic growth and the creation of skilled jobs

2.

Foster the generation of satellite data through new space technologies and space-related infrastructures in Portugal

3.

Contribute to the development of the country and to the strengthening of diplomatic relations and international scientific cooperation

4.

Ensure the development and evolution of the legal, financial, institutional, cultural/educational internationalization frameworks capable of boosting the development of the Space sector in Portugal

The agency should be oriented to guarantee that, by 2030, Portugal is widely recognised as a global authority in the science and economics of Space-Earth-Climate-Oceans interactions, making particular use of “double-use” technologies for Earth Observation and including a special focus on secure and safe space-ocean interactions and methods of data science for the benefit of society.

Portugal Space will be built up in a stepwise approach, with funds to be made available from both public (government) and private sources, at national and international levels, to lead the efforts to exploit and benefit from investment in space technologies and satellite applications, stimulating innovation and creating value along the end-to-end chain, from research to market and vice-versa, with a special focus on Earth Observation systems.

 

 

The main characteristics/qualities of Portugal Space are as follows:

  • Knowledgeable, to be trusted by its stakeholders and partners, and to be able to manage risks;

  • Attractive, to be able to attract stakeholders and partners ready to share objectives and risks, as well as to attract the best talents;

  • Autonomous, to be able to decide quickly and to be able to take risks;

  • Agile, to be able to react quickly and embark onto new missions without a long and risky transformation;

  • Light, in terms of own functions and resources, excluding any function able to be outsourced and which could introduce rigidity.

Under this context, this plan considers the following priorities for Portugal Space:

  • To facilitate growth of the national space sector, with emphasis on “New Space”, promoting new firms and a modern entrepreneurial context, as well as delivering significant export opportunities for Portuguese industry and build relationships with international partners over national and international programmes;

  • To promote an adequate promotion of spectrum management, technology transfer and regulatory frameworks for the responsible use of space;

  • To foster an adequate and close interaction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and as ESA_Hub, in a way to create a new and emerging context for national-European interactions in the area of “new Space” for Europe;

  • To promote an active engagement of Portuguese stakeholders in European programs, particularly in research and innovation, space, defence and the digital;

  • To guarantee a close articulation with the Atlantic International Research Centre in a way to foster “Atlantic interactions” through an adequate integration of space technologies in a range of space and non-space themes and applications;

  • To manage and promote the Azores International Satellite Launch Program, in a way to foster new markets for the “New Space”;

  • To promote transatlantic initiatives in space related areas, including the development of dual-use technologies and defence and security issues among NASA, ESA and ABE (Brazil);

  • To stimulate new joint ventures for cooperation with Africa and African space-related initiatives, with special focus on Earth observation issues and outreach activities, including the potential development of initiatives towards “Space for Education – Education for Space”.