RIA-SpaceTec with the future of astronomical instrumentation in Spain



Last Wednesday the RIA-SPACETEC days began: new perspectives in the development of astronomical instrumentation in Spain, which take place at the Rocasolano Physical Chemistry Institute, CSIC's headquarters (c / Serrano, 119 Madrid). From February 10 to 12, the workshop offers a debate forum for the national and international astronomical community, involved in the development of instrumentation, both in the public and private sectors.

The SpaceTec-CM network -development of new technologies for spatial instrumentation of the Community of Madrid- organizes these days thanks to the support and funding of the Infrastructure Network in Astronomy (RIA-MINECO) and in collaboration with the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI). These days are a continuation of the meetings that have been held biennially since 2007, which mainly addresses the future of astronomical instrumentation in the country from the plurality of points of view offered by the agencies involved.

This edition of the workshop is dedicated to the memory of Francisco Sánchez Moreno , partner of the Polytechnic University of Madrid in AstroMadrid, died last summer in a tragic accident.


The SpaceTec-CM program supports the astronomical space instrumentation development projects in which groups from the Community of Madrid are involved. It should be noted that, currently, the Center for Astrobiology (CAB, CSIC-INTA) has several teams of researchers involved in the design and construction of instruments with advanced technologies for future space missions, which they receive the support of this program. These are the cases of the Raman Laser Spectrometer (RLS) for the ExoMars mission of ESA; the PLATO mission, also selected by ESA; and NASA's MEDA instrument for Mars2020.

In addition to the CAB, they participate in SpaceTec-CM and, therefore, in the workshop , other centers: National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA); Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research (CIEMAT); Institute of Microelectronics of Madrid and the High Resolution Lithography Laboratory (IMM, CSIC); University of Alcalá - Space and Astroparticles (UAH); Complutense University of Madrid - Extragalactic Astrophysics and Astronomical Instrumentation (UCM); and the Polytechnic University of Madrid - Applied Physics (UPM).

In addition to 11 associated companies: SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A .; EADS Astrium CRISA; EADS Astrium CASA; Thales Alenia Space Spain S.A .; FRACTAL SLNE; LIDAX; Orbital Aerospace Systems; New Infrared Technologies S.L .; IXION Industry and Aerospace; Isdefe; and GMV Aerospace and Defense.

Repercussion in media:
  • Humania , SINC .


    Fuente: UCC-CAB

    Fecha: 2016-02-11


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