From the defense and aerospace industries, the space sector has long been more geared towards science and space exploration strategic objectives. This reality has been changing. When dealing with technology “state-of-the-art”, this sector is increasingly attracting the attention of other actors, with states, companies and private investors looking at it as a new source of economic growth and innovation. The "space economy" has thus become a sector with great impact, bringing disruptive innovations and many new business opportunities, especially when applied to other sectors of the economy.
IPN has a strong connection to the space sector since its creation, with the incubation of some of the leading Portuguese space companies. In addition, it has already developed R&D projects with the main national players in the sector. Thus, the invitation of the European Space Agency (ESA) to integrate simultaneously the network of technology brokers, the ARTES Ambassador Platform, and to coordinate the national ESA Business Incubation Center was natural. Since then, Portugal has become increasingly active in the field of dowstream applications. With this project, IPN intends to maximize the impact of this framework, fostering entrepreneurship and job creation, in the Centro Region.