Portugal to build satellite launch pad and lab with ChinaStaff Writer | November 7, 2018
Portugal plans to build an international launch pad for small satellites in the Azores and has agreed with China to set up a joint research centre to make satellites on the mainland, its science and technology minister said on Tuesday.
Europe Manuel Heitor
During the Web Summit - Europe's largest technology conference taking place in Lisbon this week - Heitor told reporters the "space port" on the mid-Atlantic island of Santa Maria should be ready for commercial launches by mid-2021.
Portugal aims to pick the offer by mid-2019.
Heitor also announced the 50 million euro ($57 million) joint project with China, to be funded in equal parts by the two countries and envisaging a laboratory in Portugal next year. ■