The Spanish aerospace technology platform held its General Assembly in an online meeting that was attended by more than 70 participants. PAE President Silvia Lazcano pointed out at the opening that despite the fact that 2020 was a very tough year for the aerospace sector, she was satisfied because despite the difficulties, she managed to get documents like this one to be carried out as a strategic agenda R + D + i of space and priorities in RPAS, in additive manufacturing and in advanced manufacturing, the presentation of which took place at the meeting. We demonstrated the collaborative role of the PAE and were able to react agilely to difficult circumstances
Next, Rafael Rodrigo, Secretary General of Research of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, presented the main lines of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2021-2027 (PEICTI), which is in the final stage of the approval process by the Council of Ministers. The plan is part of the Horizon Europe 2021-2027 program and is divided into two phases: an impulse phase with a duration of three years (from 2021 to 2023) and a consolidation phase with a duration of four years (2024-). 2027). The first phase of the impulse aims to increase funding, strengthen human resources and infrastructures, and the second phase of consolidation aims to strengthen R & D & I as a fundamental tool of a knowledge-based economy.
For his part, Juan Carlos Corts, CDTI Director of Space, Large Facilities and Dual Programs, stressed that the Spanish aerospace platform represents the consensus of the sector as it is a forum for companies, universities, institutions and research centers. Regarding the strategic space research and development agenda that will be released in the coming days, he said there is a great deal of commitment from the PAE in the chorus, building on the solid framework of taxonomies and work that has been carried out in recent years For 15 years work has been carried out on the platform for the entire sector. An agenda that looks to the future and will serve as a catalyst for the new strategic space plan that will replace the 2007 one.
Corts stressed that the space sector will be key to recovering from this major crisis caused by the pandemic, pointing to the strategic importance of its three pillars: industry, technology and science.
Next, the general lines of the Strategic Agenda for Space R&D and I and the Roadmap for R&D & I that it proposes in response to the current panorama and trends in the space sector were presented. It addresses five major challenges: serving citizens and society by promoting full connectivity, land management or navigation; Competitiveness with a focus on upstream: launch vehicles, communication and observation satellites, ground segment, and exploration and science; Independence, applications and services, and support for joint research and development and training to fill existing gaps. To this end, 23 lines of action and 68 priority technological lines of action will be identified for the period 2021-2026.
Teresa Riesgo, Secretary General for Innovation at the Ministry of Science and Innovation concluded the meeting by stating that innovation needs to be built in order for the country’s transformation to take place and for Spain to become a key element in Europe in aerospace space. He stressed that 2021 will be an important year as it will be a year of transition in innovation and important plans are underway. The general state budgets provide for a large increase in funding for science and innovation and there is a large state pact for science and innovation. They have ambitious and important plans and they are very much aligned with what we want from the ministry to promote. We want knowledge transfer to be a central element of the policy of this ministry and to increasingly promote public-private cooperation.
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