4 September 2020
Vega VV16 is, finalyy, taking 53 satellites into space. This launch features Portuguese technology and the novelty of being the first rideshare service to light satellites.
About half of the 53 satellites carried at Thursday’s launch come from European states. Portugal has a very significant involvement in the content carried by this rocket, mainly through the work of DEIMOS Engenharia, D-Orbit and EDISOFT (all Cluster members). These three companies take part in different contexts:
A consortium of eight Universities, which includes the Portuguese University of Coimbra, will receive 3€ million for an unique PhD.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the Roscosmos Space Corporation decided to postpone, to 2022, the second ExoMars rover launch to the Red Planet.
Spin.Works and other portuguese entities, in partnership with North American research entities, are creating a small satellite to study changes in Earth's gravitational field.
ESA is going to launch into space half a hundred new satellites. One of them has a portuguese contribution.
The robot that will investigate Mars, in a joint initiative between ESA and Roscosmos, has the contribution of six Portuguese companies.
The Portuguese Space Agency will join the Board of Directors of the European Solar Telescope, which should begin to observe the activity of the Sun in 2027.
With a total value of 10 million euros, five Portuguese companies were hired to help develop new satellites under the Copernicus program.