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Isdefe engineer José Pablo Haro takes part at the Portugal Air Summit 2020.

Isdefe engineer José Pablo Haro takes part at the Portugal Air Summit 2020.

José Pablo Haro, coordinator of the satellite navigation group (GNSS) in the Navigation, Satellite and Surveillance Office of Isdefe’s Transport and ICT Department, took part in a panel held on 21 October on “European Deployment Developments”, which dealt with the main programmes and the anticipated evolution of the air navigation infrastructure in Europe.

Alongside him in this virtual panel were Ramón Raposo, Execution Manager, SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM), and Paul Bosman, Head of ATM Infrastructure Division, EUROCONTROL. The panel was moderated by Jorge Pereira, Head of Civil-Military CNS Unit at EUROCONTROL.

The subject discussed by the Isdefe engineer had to do with the current level of EGNOS/SBAS service available in Europe, the progress expected and, above all, its operational use and benefits to PBN (Performance-Based Navigation) flight operations.

His participation was made possible by the invitation put forth by the organisers, the Ponte de Sor City Council and TheRace, the groups behind the Portugal Air Summit, and EUROCONTROL.

The Portugal Air Summit is one of the largest shows held in Europe involving the aeronautical industry. This fourth edition of the Portugal Air Summit relied on a hybrid format and was a Covid-safe event, and featured conferences and debates that were broadcast worldwide on television and online.

Held from 21 to 23 October in the city of Ponte de Sur, located in the Alentejo area of Portugal, this edition also included the initiative of the Portuguese Space Agency titled “EuRoC - European Rocketry Challenge”, which featured a rocket launch competition. Taking part in this event were university students from throughout Europe, as well as researchers and experts in rocket design, construction and launch. This project was part of the Spaceport America Cup, a contest initiated in 2006 and that is currently one of the biggest events in the world devoted to this activity.