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.
The FCT Space Office is formally established within FCT structure, replacing GRICES in most Space related issues.
Space gains political visibility by formally becoming a new competence within the European Union.
|Space Situational Awareness||0.3|
|Telecommunications and Integrated Applications||35.6|
|European Transportation for ISS and Human Exploration||0.7|
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).