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Portugal: in 2021 the first European spaceport

It will be on the island of Santa Maria in the Azores

Portugal is considering setting up a launch base for rockets on Santa Maria Island in the Azores archipelago, which could allow the European Space Agency (ESA) to use it instead of Kourou, in French Guyana. In addition, the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Italy, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands would also have expressed interest in the new spaceport, which would guarantee an interesting and unprecedented position (in the Atlantic) for the launch of space rockets. This should make it possible to meet the requirements for special orbits for communication satellites, for those for monitoring the globe, fisheries and the oceans and to collect data on the Earth and on the air.

ESA should participate in the project by providing the necessary advice to the Portuguese engineers, who are sure of the great success of their project since the island of Santa Maria has a position that also offers a high level of safety for launches. The cost will be divided between the Government of Portugal, which will allocate about 5 million euros and private investors, which will be identified through a public call for tenders. The scheduled date for the first launch will be in the first half of 2021.

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