SENER participates in Zientzia Astea in Bilbao

13/10/2017 (Spain)
SENER participates in Zientzia Astea in Bilbao

Engineering and technology company SENER will be present at several events as part of the 2017 edition of Zientzia Astea in Bilbao. SENER, which has more than 50 years of experience as a key player in the international space industry, will announce its activity in this sector in which it has successfully delivered more than 275 devices and systems for satellites and space vehicles for agencies of the USA (NASA), Europe (ESA), Japan (JAXA) and Russia (Roscosmos).

In ‘UPV/EHU in Space’, a themed activity on astronomy and space exploration prior to Zientzia Astea 2017, SENER will display four major space projects and will be present at the inauguration, which will take place on 17 October at 11:00am at Biscay Aretoa-UPV/EHU. At this event, the director of SENER in Bilbao, Enrique Gómez, and the head of the Structures and Mechanisms Section of SENER in Bilbao, Juan Ruiz de Gopegui, will recount a brief history of the company in Space, from its first contract in 1967, which made SENER a pioneering company in the Basque Country and in the whole of Spain in the space sector, to its current position as a leading international player; SENER is the leading Spanish company in the science programs of the European Space Agency (ESA) for its engineering contributions and has participated in more than half of its programs. In certain mechanisms, such as deployable booms, it is the agency's main supplier.

The four projects selected for ‘UPV/EHU in Space’ have played a major role in SENER's history but have also had significant scientific repercussions: the rocket launch tower in Kiruna, Sweden, was SENER's first contract in the space sector and kick-started its successful career in this field. The tower, built in 1967, remains in operation to this day in perfect conditions. Furthermore, the Rosetta probe was the first satellite to visit a comet, and SENER played a key role both in its platform and in its payload, in the scientific instruments OSIRIS and GIADA. In SEOSat/Ingenio, the jewel of Spain's National Space Plan, SENER is responsible for the main payload, a powerful and very high-resolution camera. Lastly, in the satellite Gaia, whose mission is to observe and to catalog billions of stars in order to produce a complete map of the universe, the company has been responsible for the positioning subsystem, known as M2MM, which allows the telescopes' secondary mirrors to be focused, as well as being responsible for the manufacture of the deployable sunshield which ensures the thermal stability of the optical elements.

This last project will be the topic of the conference, which will be presented by SENER's Aerospace project director Eduardo Urgoiti, under the title “Gaia, an adventure of a million stars”, on 2 November at 7:00pm at Biscay Aretoa-UPV/EHU. In addition to all of this, there will be the space exhibition or txoko ‘SENER, pioneering Space’ during Zientzia Astea, between 8 and 12 November, where SENER engineers will be available to answer the public's questions on its main contracts and technologies for Space.

SENER has participated in Zientzia Astea in Bilbao ever since it began. In the words of Enrique Gómez, “as a leading company in the Basque Country on the cutting edge of the technological sector, SENER has been committed to Zientzia Astea ever since it began, since we consider it to be an essential event for the promotion of science and technology among the public. This commitment takes on a special importance for us this year, as we are commemorating 50 years of SENER's success in the space industry. We look forward to being able to contribute to spread excellence in the space sector, which is not only an economic driver but also a cradle of the most cutting-edge technology in the world and an indispensable branch for global scientific advancement”.

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