4th Space Forum

On November 14th 2000 Portugal became an ESA member state, establishing an important landmark for the development of a competitive space sector in Portugal. During this 10 year period, more than 1000 space projects, involving a budget surpassing 90 million €, have been awarded to Portuguese companies and academia under the umbrella of ESA space programmes. The overall return of the public investment has reached by the end of 2009 a value very close to 100%, after a swift rise since early 2000s.

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Portugal's membership in ESA, the Portuguese Delegation is organizing the 4th Portuguese Space Forum, a joint initiative of the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (through its FCT Space Office) and the Agência Ciência Viva, with the important support of the European Space Agency.

This will be a perfect opportunity to present an Impact Study of the Portuguese participation in ESA. As has been the case in past editions, the Portuguese Space Forum target raising the awareness for space activities in Portugal and in Europe, while offering an opportunity for networking and discussion of specific topics during a set of workshops promoted by the Portuguese Delegation an ESA's Executive.

December 7th — Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisboa

Docs + Presentations:

A brief history of the portuguese space sector


Launch of PoSAT-1

PoSAT-1 was the first Portuguese satellite built in collaboration with a Consortia of Portuguese companies and universities.


Portugal becomes an ESA Cooperation State


Portugal subscribes ARTES and GNSS programmes

ARTES is a set of ESA Telecommunication technology programmes. GNSS is a set of satellite navigation programmes, namely the Galileo programme.


Portugal becomes an ESA Member State


Portugal Incentive Scheme task force

A special task force was set up within ESA and the Portuguese Delegation for a period of 7 years. It established a set of strategic activities that could enable the buildup of fundamental competences within the Portuguese industry and academia for a successful participation in ESA´s space programmes.


Portugese Space Office is set up within GRICES

GRICES was at that time the International Relations Office for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.


The European Space Policy is adopted by the Space Council


FCT Space Office is established

The FCT Space Office is formally established within FCT structure, replacing GRICES in most Space related issues.


Lisbon Treaty enters into force

Space gains political visibility by formally becoming a new competence within the European Union.

Portuguese participation in ESA Space Programmes

The chart represents the share of the Portuguese contribution to ESA´s optional space programmes distributed by programmatic domain. This representation does not include the mandatory activities (namely the Science Programme and some basic technology development programmes).

Portuguese space sector

Logotypes from Activespace, Amorim Cork Composites, ANA, Capgemini Logotypes from Critical Software, Deimos, Edi Soft, EFACEC Logotypes from Evolve, Faculdade do Porto, FiberSensing, GMV Logotypes from HMS, Instituto de Metereologia, Instituto Geográfico Português, Indra Logotypes from INEGI, IPFN, IT, ISQ Logotypes from IST, LIP, Lusospace, Omnidea Logotypes fom Proespaço, Spin.Works, Tekever, Uninova Logotypes from Faculdade de Ciências - Universidade do Porto, Zeugma