It is endowed with 70 million euros from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PERTE)

The Aerópolis Business Center has hosted the official presentation day of the 2024 call for the Space Technology Program (PTE), organized by the Spanish Space Agency in coordination with Andalucía Aerospace and the CATEC Technology Center.

The Conference, called “Impulse towards Space: Opportunities for the Industry in the Space Technology Plan”, included key representatives of the space industry. The Secretary General of Innovation of the Government of Spain, Teresa Riesgo, the Counselor of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Government of Andalusia, Jorge Paradela, and the president of the Provincial Council of Seville, Javier Fernández, participated in its opening.

In her speech, the Secretary General of Innovation emphasized “the prominence that Seville has in the space field, because this city already appears on the agenda of the world of space after the summit” of the sector held in Seville in 2023.

The PTE – she added – “comes at a time when the sector is undergoing a very strong transformation, with more competitiveness, new actors, and a new role for private users of space. “All of this totally changes the way we compete in the space market and, precisely for this reason, we have to adapt business models and that is why the PTE comes, to propose collaborative projects, making room for large corporations and emerging companies.”

For his part, the head of Industry of the Andalusian Government emphasized that “Andalusia wants to be at the forefront of decarbonization technologies, where Andalusian companies are taking part in projects with added weight and value. We have to aspire for the industry to Andalusian space represents the same weight that the aeronautical industry now has in our economy”.

The president of the Provincial Council also emphasized that “the aeronautical sector represents one of the great opportunities for Seville and Andalusia, because it is an area that has no borders. It is a project that transcends the local.” With this event, according to Fernández, the Spanish Space Agency, based in Seville, is “putting value in a technology park that has been a reality for 20 years, and the fact of having Aerópolis and having Airbus nearby is in itself a success story that shows that when administrations get to work, things turn out well.

The PTE is part of the Transfer and Collaboration Program of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation (2024-2027). Likewise, it is part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan, specifically in investment 9 “Aerospace Sector” of Component 17 “Institutional reform and strengthening of the capacities of the National Science, Technology and Innovation System.”