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UA'S Astronomical Society "Astroingeo - Ciudad de las Estrellas" visits aerospace company PLD Space

The aim of the visit is to foster collaboration on knowledge dissemination matters, science and training on space and aerospace technology


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

On Friday 9 April 2014, Enrique Aparicio (President of the University of Alicante's Astronomical Society Astroingeo - Ciudad de las Estrellas) visited the headquarters of PLD Space, an aerospace company from Elche, accompanied by its co-founder and Manager Raúl Torres. The goal of the meeting was to provide the nearly 300 members of the assocaition with a global vision of the company, which is a pioneer in the Spanish aerospace industry, and to explain the main challenges that PLD Space will face in its first years of existence. The company was incorporated in 2011 with the support of the Quorum Foundation. 

Professor Enrique Aparicio congratulated Torres and his team for their "significant bet on aeronautics" and provided details of his association's activities and their flagship project "Ciudad de las Estrellas". During the visit to building IV of PLD Space, located in the Miguel Hernández University campus, Aparicio highlighted the importance of the historical landmarks the association has taken part in to help spread astronomy in our region. Some examples are the 1999 multitudinous eclipse observation in Reims (France) and the great number of activities carried out in 2009 to mark the International Year of Astronomy. 

José Rosell, head of the Rocketry unit of Astroingeo, also attended the meeting. He showed great interest in the technological and engineering challenges that PLD Space's work team faces in the development of the future first rocket engine using liquid propellant to be sent into space by a private Spanish company. 

At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed on the need to stress "from this very moment" how essential space research and exploration is for the Alicante society. They emphasised the key importance of amateur astronomists, students (engineers and scientists-to-be) and professionals, who contribute to making our society more cutting-edge and technologically advanced. 

In this first meeting between PLD Space and Astroingeo, Raúl Torres and Enrique Aparicio committed themselves to keeping the contact and holding more meetings in the future. This collaboration will open up new paths for medium-term scientific, informative and educational cooperation on the subject matters of space and space technology.

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