Portugal to Host NewSpace Atlantic Summit to Fuel Regional Growth of Space Services and Applications

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NewSpace Atlantic Summit 2018 Will Bring Together Business, Government Leaders to Explore Value of Space Data Analytics, Foster Development of Space Economy

Lisbon Portugal to Host NewSpace Atlantic Summit

Some of the most valuable data for global analytics is not on Earth but in space. The government and people of Portugal are taking an important step as leaders in the global community to help us foster new space services and applications within the European Atlantic region.

The Space Frontier Foundation, a global non-profit organization committed to opening the space frontier to human settlement through the power of free enterprise, announced today that it has partnered with FCT - the Portuguese public funding agency for science and technology, and Ciência Viva Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, to host the inaugural NewSpace Atlantic Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal on May 28 and 29, 2018, at the at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento. This exclusive event is by invitation only and will bring together leaders from science, industry and government to encourage the adoption of processes and products that leverage space data and signals through space-based and space-enabled services and applications, together with the development, construction and operation of space infrastructures and services in the Atlantic region and Europe.

“Some of the most valuable data for global analytics is not on Earth but in space,” said Jeff Feige, Chairman of the Space Frontier Foundation. “The Space Economy is a catalyst for new applications and services that will transform our relationship with our planet, creating jobs and economic growth globally. The government and people of Portugal are taking an important step as leaders in the global community to help us foster new space services and applications within the European Atlantic region.”

Portugal and the European community have a unique opportunity to lead in developing policy to ensure that the Space Economy continues to grow and that data is available to scientists, government and citizens. Application areas to be promoted and explored range from agriculture and fisheries, to infrastructure monitoring, urban development, defense and security, together with the growth of NewSpace entrepreneurship.

Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, said, “Portugal is proud to partner with the Space Frontier Foundation and take a leadership role in fostering the use space data services and applications, which will create highly-skilled jobs, and foster the development and construction of innovative space infrastructure both ground-based and in orbit, tackling major challenges from a technological point of view such as lowering the barriers to access space and maximizing the impact of using space applications to improve our knowledge and capacity to act on a wide range of areas, taking advantage of and fostering NewSpace entrepreneurship. The Portuguese space strategy distinctively points to the importance of international cooperation, highlighting the potential of the Atlantic regions and empowering North-South and South-North relationships.”

For questions, please contact Sara Jennings at sara.jennings(at)spacefrontier.org
For more information visit http://newspaceatlantic.spacefrontier.org/2018/

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