The Pampilhosa da Serra Space Observatory - PASO has been developing activities in the field of Space Situational Knowledge (SSA), taking advantage of the excellent environmental conditions and low electromagnetic noise of the Serra do Açor, in Pampilhosa da Serra region, the heart of the certified destination Dark Sky Aldeias do Xisto. Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) has installed two radio telescopes there, with 9-meter and 5-meter in diameter. The 9-meter is being transformed into a space radar (up to 1000Km altitude) in partnership with the Ministry of National Defense (MND) within the scope of the SST project (more about this project below). This project is being implemented in collaboration between MND, IT, and the Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra.
The MND is stimulating the creation of capacity in the various aspects of the SSA/SST for the benefit of society, supporting the creation of scientific and industrial capacity and promoting the installation in Portugal of spatial tracking systems inserted in international networks with the creation of observation/processing and operation centers.
On October 13th, an official visit to the complex will take place by the Minister of National Defense, Professor João Gomes Cravinho, who will be accompanied by the guests: Director General of National Defense Resources, Dr. Vasco Hilário, President of the Chamber Municipality of Pampilhosa da Serra, José Brito, the Coordinator of the TICE.PT Cluster, Engineer Vasco Lagarto, the President of IT, Professor José Carlos Pedro, the national representative of SST-PT network program, Commander José de Freitas, and the Coordinator of the project, Doctor Domingos Barbosa.
The program includes a visit to the telescope, a visit to the Radar SST antenna and demonstration of the transmission-reception chain developed by IT, a visit to the PASO complex, and a presentation of new projects by Domingos Barbosa (IT).
The city of Aveiro will host, in the week of October 11th to 17th, several actions, and events dedicated to technology, art, and culture, the Aveiro Tech Week. The initiative is organized by the County of Aveiro together with several partners, including the Instituto de Telecomunicações.
Aveiro Tech Week is composed of the events CRIATECH, TECHDAYS Aveiro, and PRISMA/Art Light Tech, events that combine technology, art, and culture through exhibitions, festivals, artistic installations, performances, conferences, laboratories, and other experiences.
We highlight the Aveiro Tech Week talks, which take place specifically on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of October that will receive national and international speakers for a debate on the importance of technology in managing cities and increasing the quality of services provided to our citizens. The talks focus on three main subjects: “Citizens and Cities – what lies around the corner?” (13th October, 2:30 - 4:30 pm.), “Arts, Technology and the Digital World – Future Creativity is NOW?” (14th October, 2:30 - 4:30 pm.), and “Sustainable Solutions for our City, our Planet and beyond” (15th October, 2:30 - 4:30 pm.).
Sessions are open to the public, with a maximum capacity of 310 seats. To attend, simply register at the event's page.
This is an event framed in the "Aveiro 2027 project" - Candidate City for European Capital of Culture and the Aveiro Tech City initiative.