Spanish science minister says country is committed to supporting the space industry

SPAIN is committed to supporting the country’s growing space industry including through public funding, its Science Minister has said.

Pedro Duque said Spain’s industrial and scientific capabilities meant it could take on the new challenges presented by international space projects. ,

The minister, also head of the Council of the European Space Agency (ESA) and a former astronaut, was speaking at a European conference on space in the Netherlands on Thursday.

Duque said Europe should aim to be at the forefront of future space projects. He also called for new developments to be better publicised, such as the ESA’s Copernicus programme which is the most advanced observation system currently in Earth’s orbit.

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