- The ceremony to lay the first stone was held on October 3rd and was attended by, together with other authorities, the President of the Government of the Canary Islands and the President of the Island Administration of Fuerteventura.
- The aim of the project is the development of innovative solutions that are not available in the market to improve public services in the Canaries, based on observation and smart management of the environment.
On October 3rd the ceremony to lay the first stone of the infrastructure and the acquisition and installation of equipment for the ‘Canarias Stratoport for Haps’ project took place in the Technology Park of the island of Fuerteventura. The project was awarded this year to a joint venture consisting of ACCIONA and Lopesan for approximately €9 million.
The ceremony was attended by authorities such as the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres; the Regional Minister for the Economy, Knowledge and Employment, Elena Máñez; the Director of the Canaries Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency of the Government of the Canary Islands, Juan Ruiz Alzola, and the President of the Island Administration of Fuerteventura, Sergio Lloret, among others.
The project is based on the objectives of the ‘Canarias Geo Innovation 2030’ Program, aimed at the development of innovative solutions that are not available in the market to improve public services in the Canaries through observation and the smart management of the environment. This observation will be done using and combining a series of data sources from different platforms such as satellites, UAVs (Unmanned Airborne Vehicles) and HAPS (High-Altitude Platform Stations).
Among the actions that ACCIONA and its partner will carry out, we would highlight the start-up of a business accelerator in the Technology Park of Fuerteventura, the development of hybrid land-to-satellite 5G networks, demonstration activities with experimental infrastructure in the field of telecommunications and the observation of the environment, tests, development, integration, operation and control of HAPS, among others.
The project is part of the overall aim of finding ways to cooperate in order to encourage the growth of the economy and high-quality public services in the Canary Islands, as well as fostering the development of the Canarias STRATOPORT centre in the Technology Park of Fuerteventura.