As usual at this time of year, to coincide with the festival activities of the Higher Aeronautics Engineers School (ETSIA), 10 December 2013 saw the prize-giving ceremonies for the “GMV Chair Award to Excellence in the Space Specialty” and the “Professor Juan José Martínez García Award to Excellence”.
This year both prizes were awarded to Pedro José Roldán Gómez.
At the end of November GMV’s Madrid site was visited by 25 aerospace engineering students from the European Association of Aerospace Students EUROAVIA.
EUROAVIA, established in 1959, is a Europe-wide student initiative targeted at the aerospace sector. It currently comprises 37 local groups from 18 different European countries with a total membership of about 1600.
The ultimate purpose of all the association’s actions is to build a bridge between students and the aerospace industry. It also aims to stimulate cultural exchanges and raise awareness of European students’ potential and therefore represent them internationally.
The first part of their GMV visit involved an overview of the company’s activities given by Joaquín Cosmen Schortmann, Consultant of General Management GMV, before zooming in on some of the particular areas GMV trades in.
In the last decade GMV has made a heavy R&D investment in the aeronautics sector, spawning a varied and complete range of air-traffic-management developments and applications and especially in the application of satellite navigation (GNSS) to performance based navigation and precision approach operations. The visiting students were given a comprehensive rundown of the navigation support tools developed by GMV as part of the magic family of products. These include magicPPP, GMV’s inhouse GNSS-based, high-precision positioning system with static and kinematic post-processing as well as real-time services, and the magicLPV system, which demonstrates to pilots and airline companies by way of flight tests the air-navigation benefits to be obtained from of the rollout of a Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS).
GMV also showed the students its recently inaugurated advanced robotic testbed for space operations and systems, platform-art©, specially designed for ground testing of missions related to space-debris capture, exploring the surface of other planets, moon landings and formation flying, among others.
To wind up the visit, students were shown up-and-running services developed by GMV for international security, emergencies, agriculture and forestry management, based on satellite images with a very high spatial and spectral resolution, together with geographical information systems (GIS) and network servers of digital cartography.
This visit gave the students a chance to see how GMV’s ongoing work and expertise is applied in specific projects, carrying away with them a very positive image of the technology developed by our firm.