Spanish space engineers avoid the COVID-19 and hold their national congress online

Nearly a hundred presentations will show the latest trends in space technology to the thousand participants
The third edition of the Congress will be inaugurated by the Minister of Science and Innovation, Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque.

PHOTO/IIE  -   The third edition of the Congress will be inaugurated by the Minister of Science and Innovation, Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque.

Under the slogan 'Space: the final frontier', the Spanish Engineering Institute (IIE) has organised the III National Space Engineering Congress, to be held from 27 to 29 October on line for the first time. 

In the 2020 edition, the Congress will be inaugurated by the Minister of Science and Innovation, Spanish astronaut Pedro Duque, and will have the virtual presence of Álvaro Giménez, former Director of Science of the European Space Agency (ESA), and Ángel Moratilla, Director of the Space Department of the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA). 

Other participants include Jorge Potti, General Manager of GMV’s space sector and Vice President of the Space Committee of the Spanish Association of Space, Aeronautics and Defense Technology Companies (TEDAE), and José Luis Rodríguez, Director General of ENAIRE, the Spanish air navigation manager. 

Over the three days of the Congress, nearly one hundred presentations will be given by professionals from the Spanish space sector - companies, startups, universities and research centres - who will showcase the important achievements in which the sector is immersed on a national and international scale and the challenges it faces in the immediate future.

The IEE Space Committee, under the direction of Isabel Vera, hopes that the third edition of the Congress will serve to inform society of the important presence of Spanish engineering companies and professionals in global space missions and projects, while making visible the important contribution of the space industry to various research, development and innovation initiatives.  

Los ingenieros espaciales son los profesionales encargados intentar hacer realidad las tecnologías para cumplir los sueños de la exploración del cosmos
PHOTO/AP - Space engineers are the professionals responsible for trying to make the technologies to fulfil the dreams of the exploration of the cosmos a reality. 
Engineers who make ideas and dreams come true

Through the presentations and round tables, the nearly one thousand people registered for the Congress will have the opportunity to find out, for example, about new contributions to developing reusable launcher recovery systems, the latest technological prospects related to space communications, the latest in real-time processing on board satellites or the status of satellite air navigation communications and their implementation in Spain.

The technological challenges presented by lunar and Martian exploration, the advantages and disadvantages of additive manufacturing in orbit, the different solutions for eliminating the large amount of space debris, the technologies of the small Earth observation satellites that are being developed in Spain, the advanced electronics that travel on board the future European Ariane 6 and Vega C launchers and the advances in plasma space propulsion will also be discussed. 

Durante tres jornadas se va a visibilizar una parte de la importante contribución de la industria nacional a las misiones espaciales a escala nacional e internacional
PHOTO/NASA - During three days, part of the important contribution of the national industry to space missions on a national and international scale will be made visible.  

This congress, held every two years, took place at the IEE headquarters in Madrid. Work on the organisation of this year's edition began in the middle of last year.

Initially, it was planned to be held on-site in May 2020, but the incidence and mobility restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made it necessary to set it for the end of October, and only in an online version.  

Algunas de las ponencias versarán sobre los retos tecnológicos que presenta la futura exploración robótica lunar y marciana
PHOTO/NASA - Some of the lectures will deal with the technological challenges presented by future lunar and Martian robotic exploration. 

The III National Congress of Space Engineering is sponsored by companies and institutions of the importance of SENER, GMV, ENAIRE, Hisdesat, Hispasat, Isdefe, CiTD, Hydra-Space, Ienai Space, MadridSpace and Solar MEMS, as well as by institutions such as INTA, the Official College of Aeronautical Engineers of Spain (COIAE) and the Engineering Mutual Society. 

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