0-G Launch, a company located in Washington, and the Canary Islands Aeronautical and Aerospace Cluster, CAAC, represented by its President José Luis García, reached a collaboration agreement last October to make the development of suborbital flights from the Canary Islands a reality. making use of a Boeing 757 owned by the American company.
Prior to this signing, the CEO and founder of 0-G Launch, Robert Feierbach, held a meeting with Sebastián López, Director of Innovation and Transfer of the ULPGC, José Francisco López, researcher at the University Institute of Applied Microelectronics (IUMA) and vice president from the CAAC, and Jerónimo Falcón, from Proexca, a public company of the Government of the Canary Islands. In this meeting, the multiple applications that this technology can offer in the Canary Islands from 2023 were explored, among which are 0 gravity flights for the training of future astronauts, tests of technological developments in conditions similar to those in space, and also parabolic flights experiencing weightlessness as an attraction for a tourist market that in the Canary Islands reaches almost 13 million visitors. Additionally, the development of a system is being finalized that will allow to launch mini-satellites from more than 12 km high near the equator, carrying these satellites in the belly of the Boeing 757.
This initiative is included in a very ambitious regional proposal presented by the IUMA-ULPGC to the Government of the Canary Islands within the European Recovery Plan, to create an environment for validation and testing of aerial robotics (sandbox).
José Francisco López, researcher at the IUMA of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, points out that «The Canary Islands have a different starting stage compared to any other Spanish region for the development of R&D related to aerial robotics: certain conditions unique meteorological conditions, which allow tests to be carried out 365 days a year, infrastructures of recognized international prestige »