Organized by the IEE (Ecuadorian Space Institute) and the Ministry of National Defense (MIDENA), was held on 4th of February, 2015 the “Space Technologies Seminar” within the framework of the Ecuadorian Satellite Programme “Eloy Alfaro”. This workshop was promoted by IEE, Midena and the Space Alliance companies: Thales Alenia Space (TAS) specialized in satellites design and construction and Telespazio, leader in Earth Observation applications and services.

AThe event, attended by more than 60 technicians from the IEE and MIDENA was chaired by Ms. Mgs. Anabell Arguello, Undersecretary of Development, MIDENA, the French Ambassy in Ecuador and TAS. The final debate and closure was chaired by Col. Fredy Robles, Executive Director of the IEE.

The workshop lectures were focused on Optical and Radar Sensor Technologies and Technology Transfer provided both by TAS and EO Applications based on optical and SAR data, by our colleague from Telespazio Iberica, Mr. Josep Ventura.

The satellite “Eloy Alfaro” project how a growing support within the Ecuadorian governmental agencies as well within the scientific and technical community.

Concepts such as satellite knowledge generation in the country, satellite monitoring of Ecuadorian specific territorial problems (floods, urban growth, monitoring of forest areas, border control, etc.), support to the change of the productive matrix and the need to combine data from both high-resolution optical sensors (sovereign satellite) and radar sensors, were discussed during the technical conference.