Astrophysics and Space Science are two of the priority areas in the Strategy for Intelligent Specialization in the Canaries (RIS3). To promote this area IACTEC, the branch of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) for technolgical business cooperation, has started up the Incubator for High Technology in Astrophysics and Space (IATAE).
The incubator will offer a working area to those collaborating with the IAC (businesses, NGO’s, and related initiatives) who have innovative projects based on technolgy and with an intensive knowledge content, in the areas of Astrophysics and Space Science and neighbouring technologies. The projects should be in a development phase, and will be treated within a framework of collaboration between the IAC and the organization using the incubator.
The IATAE has two types of infrastructures which are complementary and optional. They are the IACTEC building, situated in the La Laguna Technological Park, where the collaborators will be able to used office space, laboratories, workshops, and rooms for meetings and events, and also the “Virtual IACTEC” presently under construction, which is a partial replica of the IACTEC building but in virtual reality (metaverse) where they will be able to organize telematic meetings with augmented reality, among other services.
The companies using the IATAE incubator, either in IACTEC or in the virtual IACTEC, will be able to benefit from the programme IAC³, A progamme which helps with innovation, mentoring, training, and funding, aimed at people with business initiatives, also small and very small companies in the sectors of Astrophysics and Space.
The IATAE project is in its initiation and consolidation phase (2022-23) and is co-financed at an 85% level with FEDER funds, in the framework of the Operative Plurirregional Programme 2014-2020, in the 3rd axis and the 3rd thematic objective (“Improve the competitivity of small and medium companies”) and the 3rd investment priority ("Building a company spirit and in particular facilitating the economic exploitation of new ideas and promoting the creation of new companies, also via incubators”) via the management of the Fundación INCYDEChambers of Commerce
Contact: info.iactec [at] iac.es / 922 605200
IACTEC is conceived as a space for public-private collaboration that promotes the development of high technology and the creation of a local business network. For this reason, the IACTEC building will accommodate IAC collaborators who are integrated into the IATAE, High Technology Incubator in Astrophysics and Space.
This afternoon the DRAGO infrared camera, developed by the team at IACTEC-Space, of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), and integrated into the ION satellite carrier of the Italian company D-Orbit, has been successfully launched into space on Space X’s Falcon 9 rocket. The Transporter-1 mission, as it is called, was carried out without a hitch during the first hour of the launch window which opened at 15:00 h UTC, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida (USA).
Since it started in 2017 this technological and business unit of the IAC has hosted over 20 university students for short term stays. Thanks to this training programme the students develop their technological capabilities and improve their aptitutde for working locally in the field of technology. One of the aims of IACTEC, in its role as the IAC’s unit of collaboration between the public and private sectors, is to build up the fabric of local high technogy companies in areas close to the IAC’s specialities. To support this productive structure IACTEC offers training opportunities, mainly to
The Minister of Science and Innovation this morning presided over the annual meeting of the Governing Council of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) after the “official opening” of the installations of IACTEC in La Laguna, which are fully operational from today. In a press conference he stressed the programmes which will be carried out in the Area of Cooperation Business-Technology, among them the new Centre of Advanced Optical Systems (CSOA). He also reported on the current state of the negotiations regarding the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), of greatest international interest