On December 5, the Directorates of the Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) and Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) inaugurated the clean chamber dedicated to the development, integration, and testing of nano-satellites qualified for space, an infrastructure that aims to create knowledge and conditions and which results from a consortium that includes IT and IST.
Certified with ISO 7 quality, the clean chamber, which is installed in the IT space integrated into the IST pole located in Taguspark, in Oeiras, emerged following the development of ISTSat-1, the first Portuguese university satellite.
According to Rui Rocha, IT researcher and Professor at IST, responsible for this cutting-edge project in the national scientific panorama, with this new equipment “it becomes possible for the assembly to be carried out in an environment where there is a minimum of particles that could affect the satellite operation. In this sense, he adds, the infrastructure “may come to represent leverage and expansion for R&D in the area of Space.”
In fact, steps have already been taken in this direction, and it is expected that one of the nano-satellites developed in this clean chamber will go into space as early as 2023, aboard ARIANE 6, a launch vehicle being developed by ArianeSpace. The construction of this clean chamber represents another step for Portugal to assert itself, through this project, in the aerospace panorama.
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