Portugal and China create laboratory for space and the oceans

8 November 2018

Portugal and China in 2019 will create a technological laboratory directed to the construction of microsatellites and observation of the oceans, to operate in Peniche and Matosinhos, announced in Lisbon the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education.

The laboratory, called STARLab, will be fully operational in March 2019 and will involve a total investment of 50 million euros over five years, divided equally between Portugal and China, and the Portuguese participation will be of public and private origin.

The statement also said that investment will be channeled mainly to qualified employment – specifically engineers – and to the production of microsatellites, a sector in which China has seen significant growth.

The initiative “will strengthen a long-term partnership between China and Portugal in the areas of Science and Technology, becoming a benchmark entity in Europe, in collaboration with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, partner of this project,” the document said.

The creation of STARLab will be formalised with a protocol signed by the two countries during the official visit of the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, to Portugal, scheduled for December.

The initiative is the result of a collaboration between the Science and Technology Foundation, the Tekever aerospace company and the Centre for Product Engineering and Development – which has projects in the field of maritime surveillance and deep sea exploration – and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, through the microsatellites and oceanography institutes. (macauhub)