Since its creation nearly ten years ago, Aerópolis has always had clear its goal of becoming a unique space of business that contributes to the development of the Andalusian aerospace sector in Andalusia and to the creation of synergies between the companies of the industry at a national and European level. And within that target we want to develop new initiatives that could expand the field of activity of our companies and boost its potential into areas of higher technological value such as Space.
Andalusia has a centuries-old aerospace tradition and an industry that has experienced a great development in the last decade but it doesn't want to be left behind and for this it has also marked a challenge for the next few years to increase and extend its presence in the major European and international space projects. We are not starting from scratch. Our community already has a considerable research experience, primarily through universities and research centers, and a selection of technological firms that have made us stand out in the production of space developments associated with earth observation and satellite navigation. But we must continue to move forward to position ourselves strategically before the new business opportunities that will be presented in the space domain.
In this new horizon there is also Aerópolis, which recently hosted the celebration of the meeting 'Space: an Asset of Mankind', in which more than 200 business professionals and entities of the European space sector, including the main companies and contractors in this area, participated. These conferences made the Andalusian companies, especially those located in our Technology Park, learn more about the situation of this industry at an international level and establish business contacts with the firms of this sector.
We are ambitious and Aerópolis challenge goes further: consolidate ourselves as the perfect partner to enhance the activity of the space sector in Andalusia, with a highly advanced infrastructure and technology services available to a community of more than seventy companies, among the ones that are growing faster in Andalusia. We are confident that we will continue to contribute to the development of the Spanish and Andalusian aerospace sector and we will give a major step to become a reference center in Europe, also in the space domain.
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau