EIEC 2013

The ninth edition of the Iberian Meeting on Computational Electromagnetics will be organized by Universitat de València, Universitat Politècnica de València and Val Space Consortium.

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MULCOPIM 2014

The international workshop on Multipactor, Corona and Passive Intermodulation (MULCOPIM) is intended to be the meeting place for researchers, designers, test engineers and users of any space high power RF hardware. The aim is to share valuable information on the design and testing of high power RF hardware for the prevention of RF breakdown (Multipactor and Corona) and Passive Intermodulation.

In 2014, MULCOPIM will be organised by ESA in collaboration with Val Space Consortium, Universitat Politècnica de València and Universitat de València Estudi General, once again in the warm city of Valencia(Spain), where the ESA-VSC European High Power RF Space Laboratory and the ESA-VSC European High Power Space Materials Laboratory are located.

MULCOPIM 2014 will be held on 17, 18 and 19 September 2014 and it is expected that 150 participants will attend the conference.

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European Satellite Navigation Competition 2015 Valencian Community

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is an international innovation contest that awards the best ideas for applications in satellite navigation. It is annually looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Launched in 2004 with three partner regions the competition has grown into a huge global network of innovation and expertise of currently 25 global partner regions and more than 200 industry and research experts around the world.

The prize pool of the ESNC 2014 is expected to have a total value of about EUR 1 million. No matter how developed the project, service or business innovation is – you can win prizes that support you to take the next step with your business case. Prizes include cash, business incubation, business coaching, patent consulting, technical support, access to testing facilities, prototype development, publicity, marketing support, market & feasibility studies, access to experts & public funding, licences and much more.

The Valencian Community Challenge in the ESNC 2014 is organized by Val Space Consortium in cooperation with the Valencian Science Parks: Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (Universitat Politècnica de València), Parc Científic (Universitat de València), ESPAITEC – Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló), Parque Científico-Empresarial (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche) and Parque Científico de Alicante. It is also sponsored by EMXYS, TISSAT, INAER, KERAJET and TRINOS VACUUM PROJECTS.

On July, 8th the submission ideas deadline expired. Jointly with the expert German region of Bavaria, Valencia has been the second region in which most proposals have been received, which shows the great interest that exists for the new satellite navigation networks like Galileo. Until August, 25th  more than 20 reviewers will examine the 35 proposals received in Valencia. The winner will represent our region and will compete internationally by any of the available Galileo Masters 2014 prizes.

Good luck to all the participantes in ESNC 2014!

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Galileo Masters ESNC 2014 Valencia

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Conference on Satellite Navigation and Galileo Masters Competition

Satellite navigation has become the key technology of the 21st century and represents an attractive market of development. Nowadays, it is almost impossible to imagine our life without satellite navigation. The applications cover a wide range of possibilities like navigation applied to traffic, personal location services, location applied to accurate air traffic or agriculture applications.

On next June, 6th at 12:00 p.m., in the auditorium of the ETSI Telecommunication at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, there will take place the conference titled “Satellite navigation and Galileo: future opportunities”. The conference will be given by Dr. Javier Ventura-Traveset , executive secretary of the scientific advisory committee of the Galileo program (GSAC) of the European Space Agency , advisor of the navigation satellite directorate of the European Space Agency, advisor of the Director of ESAC and spokesman of the European Space Agency in Spain.

At the end of the conference, the manager of Val Space Consortium, Mr. David Argilés, will present the European Satellite Navigation Competition – Galileo Masters (ESNC). This is an international innovation contest that awards the best ideas for the development of satellite navigation applications. Annually, the Galileo Masters competition looks for the best services, products and innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. In total, it will distribute prizes for about 1 million euro.

In Valencia, the Galileo Masters 2014 is organized by Val Space Consortium in collaboration with the five Valencian Science Parks : Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (Universitat Politècnica de València), Parc Científic (Universitat de València), Espaitec – Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló), Parque Científico – Empresarial (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche) and Parque Científico de Alicante (Universitat d’Alacant).

More Information about Galileo Masters 2014 here.

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The European Space Agency and Val Space Consortium renew their contract until 2020

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Val Space Consortium (VSC) have extended their contract until March 2020. Therefore, the ESA-VSC European High Power RF Space Laboratory (located at the Polytechnic City of Innovation, the Science Park of Universitat Politècnica de València), and the ESA-VSC European High Power Space Materials Laboratory (located at Escola Tècnica Superior d’Enginyeria – Burjassot campus of University of Valencia), will continue working in the coming years to provide support to the new challenges in the international space sector.

In the framework of the contract renewal, a meeting between VSC and the ESA head of the laboratories in Valencia, Mr. David Raboso, has taken place. From Val Space Consortium the following representatives have attended the meeting: the Regional Minister of Education, Culture and Sports, the Mayoress of Valencia and the Rectors of Universitat Politècnica de València and Universitat de València.

ESA centres of reference

The collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Val Space Consortium (VSC) began in March 2010 when both entities signed a contract for the joint management of the ESA-VSC European High Power RF Space Laboratory. This laboratory is specialized in RF breakdown phenomena (Multipactor, Corona and power handling) and passive inter-modulation (PIM). These harmful effects can affect negatively the communications of the satellites.

Two years later, in July 2012, the second ESA-VSC laboratory was opened. The ESA-VSC European High Power Space Materials Laboratory, located at University of Valencia, is specialized on investigating novel materials and surface treatments that could enhance the RF power capabilities in modern satellites.

Since 2010, the collaboration between ESA and VSC through both laboratories has been very satisfactory, providing support to important ESA missions as for example Galileo, Biomass, Sentinel, Alphasat and Bepi Colombo among others. The contract was initially signed for 5 years, until 25 March 2015, and now it has been extended for another 5 years until 25 March 2020.

Since the beginning of the ESA-VSC joint activities, many test campaigns have been carried out to the space industry, exceeding the initial expectations. The laboratories in Valencia are integrated in the ESA network of laboratories. They are also developing an important task on research and development in collaboration with the research groups of the Valencian, Spanish and European universities, creating opportunities for training and the involvement of students in the space sector.

Val Space Consortium

Val Space Consortium was created in March 2010 with the aim of combining all efforts that the Valencian entities hold in the space sector increasing their impact and international competitiveness.

Composed of Generalitat Valenciana (Regional Goverment), the city hall of Valencia, Universitat Politècnica de València and Universitat de València Estudi General, Val Space Consortium carries out scientific research and technological development services in any field related to the space sector, including the increase of safety and quality of production of space systems.

 
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Galileo Masters 2014 awards

On October, 23rd, the city of Berlin hosted the awards ceremony of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (Galileo Masters) 2014. It is an international competition for innovation looking for the best applications, services and products using satellite navigation in daily life. A total of 26 regions, mostly European, took part in the competition. The Valencian Community had a very important participation (35 submitted proposals) and it was the third region in number of submitted proposals.

The project “System for the investigation of forest fire origin and causes (FOCUS)”, presented by the company GEKO Navsat, was the winner of the Valencian Community. Rafel Olmedo, from GEKO Navsat, introduced the FOCUS project which makes use of satellite positioning for better studying the causes of forest fires. The second winner of the Valencian Communnity was the project “Ultra low power tracking system and device (PLAZALO)“, presented by José A. Carrasco and José A. Maestre, which also achieved the third place in the ESA Special Prize competition. The PLAZALO project proposes the use of satellite navigation for tracking vehicles, pets, bicycles, etc. using very low size, cost and consumption devices, and making use of the wireless network SigFox for transmitting information. Finally, the third winner in the Valencian Community was the project “Coordination System for Teams and Resources for Disasters (CSTRD)”, which proposes an advanced tool for efficient coordination of intervention teams and distribution of information in emergency situations (fires, floods, natural disasters, etc.). The system allows visual information of the location of the participating resources and shows routes for better and more efficient management of the situation.

The winner of the Valencian Community gets access to an incubation program for 12 months in any of the Science Parks of the Valencian Community, incluiding access to facilities, patents consulting, intellectual property experts, marketing, etc. The second and the third runners up will also get access to the incubation program for 6 months.

In the Valencian Community, the Galileo Masters competition is organized by Val Space Consortium in collaboration with the the five Valencian Science Parks: Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (Universitat Politècnica de València), Parc Científic (Universitat de València), Espaitec – Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló), Parque Científico – Empresarial (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche) and Parque Científico de Alicante (Universitat d’Alacant), and it is sponsored by EMXYSTISSATINAERKERAJET and TRINOS VACUUM PROJECTS.

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Galileo Masters 2014 Results

Promotional video of Galileo Masters

Ganadores Galileo Masters 2014 - Comunitat Valenciana

Ganadores Galileo Masters 2014 – Comunitat Valenciana

 

European Satellite Navigation Competition 2015 Valencian Community

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is an international innovation contest that awards the best ideas for applications in satellite navigation. It is annually looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Launched in 2004 with three partner regions the competition has grown into a huge global network of innovation and expertise of currently 25 global partner regions and more than 200 industry and research experts around the world.

The prize pool of the ESNC 2015 is expected to have a total value of about EUR 1 million. No matter how developed the project, service or business innovation is – you can win prizes that support you to take the next step with your business case. Prizes include cash, business incubation, business coaching, patent consulting, technical support, access to testing facilities, prototype development, publicity, marketing support, market & feasibility studies, access to experts & public funding, licences and much more.

The Valencian Community Challenge in the ESNC 2015 is organized by Val Space Consortium in cooperation with the Valencian Science Parks: Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (Universitat Politècnica de València), Parc Científic (Universitat de València), ESPAITEC – Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló), Parque Científico-Empresarial (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche) and Parque Científico de Alicante.  The competition opens on 1 April 2015. Val Space Consortium, the Valencian Science Parks and the ESNC 2015 organizer will offer info-days on April (April, 27 at Universidad Jaume I de Castellón, April, 28 at Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche and April, 30 at Universitat Politècnica de València). We encourage your participation!! Your idea could be the next winner!!

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Franco Ongaro, Director of ESA-ESTEC, visits ESA-VSC joint laboratories

Franco Ongaro, ESA’s Director of Technical and Quality Management, paid a visit to an essential Agency laboratory in Valencia, Spain, tasked with helping to keep high-power radio systems operating in space for years on end. The High Power Radio Frequency (RF) Laboratory is one of a network of ESA labs located all across Europe, each one covering different aspects of the space environment, making their expertise available to Agency missions as well as the wider space industry.

Director Ongaro runs the Directorate that owns and operates the lab jointly with the Valencia Space Consortium (VSC) – a non-profit organisation set up by Valencia’s two universities, its regional government and municipality.

Each year satellites are required to have more power when it comes to communicating with Earth. Modern RF communications systems operate up at multi-kilowatt power levels, but this can have potentially destructive side effects in the vacuum of space. The resulting strong magnetic fields can accelerate free-floating electrons to erode adjacent materials, known as ‘multipactor’. Or small amounts of surrounding gases can be ionised into glowing ‘corona’, possibly causing localised heating or lightning-like electrical discharges. Powerful outcoming antenna signals may also cause ‘passive intermodulation’ interference with weaker antennas.

The Lab’s role is to better understand and help avoid these risky phenomena for forthcoming missions, as well as troubleshoot any problems that arise with missions already in space.

Reference Center on High Power RF effects

The High Power RF Lab was founded back in the 1980s, tackling problems that arose as ESA developed its pioneering ERS Earth-observing radar missions. It was originally based at ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands, but was moved to Valencia in 2010, in an effort to increase its employment by industry and researchers. The initial expectations have been exceeded for the facility’s use. In 2015 alone the Lab gave support to 18 major aerospace companies and supported ESA missions including Galileo, Biomass, SmallGeo, Meteosat and ExoMars.

The laboratory at UV

In June 2012 ESA and the VSC decided to open a second laboratory at the Engineering School of the Burjassot–Partnera Campus of the University of Valencia, devoted to the study of the effects of high-power RF systems on materials. The High-Power Space Materials Laboratory includes a pristine cleanroom for the examination of flight hardware and a suite of diagnostic tools. These materials are very important for space. The systems they are made from must stay operational under adverse conditions from 10 to 15 years – and cannot be repaired.

Both Labs are open to all aerospace companies as well as governments and research organisations. They operate on a non-profit basis, with revenues allocated to cover operating costs.

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European Satellite Navigation Competition 2016 Valencian Community

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is an international innovation contest that awards the best ideas for applications in satellite navigation. It is annually looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Launched in 2004 with three partner regions the competition has grown into a huge global network of innovation and expertise of currently 25 global partner regions and more than 200 industry and research experts around the world.

The prize pool of the ESNC 2016 is expected to have a total value of about EUR 1 million. No matter how developed the project, service or business innovation is – you can win prizes that support you to take the next step with your business case. Prizes include cash, business incubation, business coaching, patent consulting, technical support, access to testing facilities, prototype development, publicity, marketing support, market & feasibility studies, access to experts & public funding, licences and much more.

The Valencian Community Challenge in the ESNC 2016 is organized by Val Space Consortium in cooperation with the Valencian Science Parks: Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (Universitat Politècnica de València), Parc Científic (Universitat de València), ESPAITEC – Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló), Parque Científico-Empresarial (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche) and Parque Científico de Alicante.  The competition opens on 1 April 2016. Val Space Consortium, the Valencian Science Parks and the ESNC 2016 organizer will offer several info-days:  Universidad Jaume I de Castellón (28/04/2016), Universidad de Alicante (28/04/2016), Universitat de València (03/05/2016) and Universitat Politècnica de València (05/05/2016).

We encourage your participation!! Your idea could be the next winner!! In 2015 we did it, the Poseidon project from the Valencian Community won the ESCN 2015. Now, we can win again, we count on you!

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ESNC 2015 awards ceremony

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