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“It will only be a matter of time before a Portuguese man in space is observed” – O Jornal Económico



"It will only be a matter of time before a Portuguese man in space is observed" - O Jornal Económico

Portugal wants to take an important place in the European aerospace industry, and this statement will become even more relevant when the Portuguese astronaut is in the European Space Station (ESA, Anglo-Saxon abbreviation). For Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) professor Fernando Lau, it’s just a matter of time.

“Watching the Portuguese in space will only be a matter of time,” says Jornal Económico (JE) professor at the IST Center for Aviation and Space Science and Technology.

Fernando Lau argues that the Portuguese have no barriers to accessing this type of career as the training of astronauts is “mostly technical” and therefore “often” astronauts have different and “different degrees”. The IST professor emphasizes “the continued presence of the Portuguese, many of whom were former IST students, in the ESA astronaut competitions.”

“Portugal’s aerospace industry is booming,” he adds. This growth has been driven by the “experience” of students and engineers in this field in university mobility programs (such as IST), international research projects, and in international companies. According to Professor Técnico, the knowledge gained by the Portuguese “has led to the emergence of several small companies and start-ups, highly specialized and directly competing with the European and international market.”

Fernando Lau is convinced that there is a “highly specialized” industry on Portuguese soil. An example of this, according to scientists, is the participation of Portugal and IST in the development and concept of Earth observation microsatellites.

Behind this specialization is the Portuguese training in aerospace engineering. “In the 1990s, aerospace engineering courses were established at ISTe in Aeronautical Engineering at the Beira University of the Interior. In the case of the Master in Aerospace Engineering at IST, interest from students and the industry itself has led to a steady increase in market value of course, from 35 places a year of creation to the current 110 places. At present, the demand for students is such that the average enrollment rate is the highest in the country. [19,13 valores em 2020] over the past five years “, – emphasizes the specialist in this field.

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“We can say that Portugal currently has the engineering potential to participate and create aeronautical and space projects, both in terms of the knowledge of its engineers and the number of engineers trained annually,” he guarantees.

Of course, the question arises: what problems then for Portugal should be stated even more in this industry? “Most aviation and space projects require significant investment, in many cases involving multiple countries. “Given the modest size of the national industry, one of the main tasks is to attract foreign investment for the creation of a space port and space launch companies,” replies Fernando Lau.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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