The first satellite fully built and developed in Portugal


The “Infante” will be presented in Oeiras, at the AED Days 2017 meeting, due to be launched by the end of 2020, as ISQ announced.

The micro-satellite project is presented and signed this week at the AED Days, which takes place until Thursday at Tagus Park, in Oeiras (Lisbon), in an initiative of the AED Cluster, the Portuguese cluster for the Aeronautical, Space and Defense, and the ISQ group will be responsible for “the entire parts testing and final product area”, according to the Institute of Welding and Quality (ISQ) in a statement.

This is the construction of a new generation satellite, involving an investment of more than 9 million euros for the duration of 3 years, and the “Infante Project” has already been approved by the National Innovation Agency (ANI) to be co-financed by the European Union’s structural funds.

This was an initiative of several Portuguese companies and entities, and is co-financed by EU funds, as this satellite will be the precursor of other satellites to be launched by 2025 for Earth observation and communications with a focus on maritime applications.

According to ISQ president Pedro Matias, “Infante” satellite “which, according to the consortium coordinators, is expected to be launched by the end of 2020, is the first Portuguese satellite fully developed and built in the country”.

“It is an area that I know well, because for some years I had been following the PoSAT process (1993), by Professor Carvalho Rodrigues of the INETI (National Institute of Engineering, Technology and Innovation), which although built by Portuguese companies and laboratories, was essentially a technology transfer project”.

The consortium involved in this project consists of nine companies in the area of space, including Tekever, Active Space Technologies, Omnidea, Active Aerogels, GMV, HPS and Spin Works, as well as ten Research and Development (R & D) centers. several universities and research laboratories from all over the country that work in space.

ISQ has been investing in aeronautics and space for many years and “the results are appearing,” said Pedro Matias, noting that the institute “is a reference” in this area, being responsible for the entire area of parts and the final product.