“Moncloa, we have a problem.” That’s what you can say Pedro Sanchezparaphrasing the legendary phrase that astronaut Jack Swigert had uttered during the frantic flight of Apollo 13. The problem is that Moncloa tenant eliminated with a stroke of a pen Madrid as the seat of Spanish Space Agency (ESA)In light of the usual sectarian chain towards a region whose citizens do not vote as they deem necessary.
The reader will justify the barrage of acronyms I will link to, but my goal is to think The high level of the aviation sector Achieve the knowledge, experience and international projection of decades in Community of Madrid.
The Madrid region is home to the following organisations, projects and companies:
- Container: The US Space Agency has a deep space communications complex in Robledo de Chavila.
- this isThe European Space Agency, the European Center for Space Astronomy, is headquartered in Villafranca del Castillo, where its science mission operations are controlled. It also has a business incubator center in cooperation with the Community of Madrid and four universities in Madrid.
- satsin: The European Union Satellite Centre, which specializes in geospatial intelligence services and is responsible for the gateway to the European Space Monitoring and Tracking Program (EU-SST), is located in Torrejón de Ardoz.
- INTA: The National Institute of Aerospace Technology, of the Ministry of Defense, which specializes in research and technological development in space, is also located in Torrejón de Ardoz.
- USPA: The European Union Space Program Agency has two centers in the region: one to monitor the security of the Galileo Program (GSMC, in INTA-La Marañosa, which was relocated from the UK after Brexit) and the other for Global Satellite Navigation Systems Systems (GSC, in INTA-Torrejón.Torrejón de Ardoz).
- CDTI: The Center for Technological Development and Innovation, under the Ministry of Science and Innovation, has a dedicated space department that is occupied by the Spanish delegation at the European Space Agency and has agreements and joint projects with other space agencies. Likewise, it cooperates with several international programs and projects such as the European EU-SST, for space monitoring and tracking, for which it acts as a coordinator. Also in Madrid.
- Taxi: The Center for Astrobiology, which operates in the NASA program in this field – the first outside the United States to do so – is a body created between CSIC, INTA, and the Community of Madrid. It is, like the previous one, in Torrejón de Ardoz.
- HISPASAT: operator and provider of satellite communications services, whose control center is located in Arganda del Rey.
- HISDESAT: The state satellite services operator has two control centers in Arganda del Rey and Torrejón (INTA).
- Yumitsat: The European Meteorological Satellite Organization has a backup control center for the Metop satellites in Torrejón (INTA) and the Spanish delegation is held by the State Meteorological Agency. Madrid.
- TEDAE: The Spanish Association for Defense, Security, Aviation and Space Technology has 92 affiliated companies, 68 of which are based in Madrid, which represents 73%. Most of them were created in Tres Cantos.
All of these organizations, centers and companies are based In Madrid, where no less than 3,000 people work, has extensive international contacts to develop scientific programs and projects related to space and attract investment. This also means a constant activity of trips and meetings in which Madrid meets unbeatable conditions.
The reader will have noticed Madrid is indeed the headquarters of the Spanish space activity Thus, the logical thing is for them to be the same for PREPA. Arbitrarily excluding our own in one stroke from this race, as Pedro Sanchez did, is an exercise in Caesarea approaching dodge by eliminating it before announcing the criteria for the future venue selection process.
Using the excuse of cunning and anemic decentralization to squander the wealth of knowledge and experience stored in Madrid for decades could lead to the collapse of the Spanish Space Agency’s project once it takes off, seriously damaging Spain’s interests in an unrivaled field. Absolutely easy. Moncloa, we have a problem.
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