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Posted by portugalpress on November 06, 2018

With China’s president Xi Jinping due for an official visit next month, one of the ‘deals’ to be celebrated will be a “technological laboratory” focused on the construction of microsatellites and ocean observation, reports Lusa.
According to science and technology minister Manuel Heitor, the STARlab project representing a public-private investment of €50 million, will be up and running in two locations (Matosinhos and Peniche) by March next year.

Heitor explained the lab will “develop microsatellites in interconnection with sensors on land and at sea that can measure atmospheric conditions and soil moisture (“essential for agriculture”) and conduct ocean observations.

STARlab will involve collaboration between Portugal’s science and technology foundation, aerospace company Tekever (based in Ponte de Sor), Porto’s Centre for Engineering and Product Development and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Hopes are that the project will “encourage the opening of further science and technology projects in Portugal and China”, says Lusa.