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.

ESA-VSC Partnership renewal


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