The GIC brings the GNSS systems of the European Union closer to the authorities of Querétaro.
Representatives of the Government of Querétaro and the Galileo Information Centre (GIC) visit the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC).
On March 10, 2022, a delegation representing the Government of Querétaro (Mexico) visited the facilities of the GNSS Service Center in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid (Spain), in an activity co-organized by the Galileo Information Centre and the GNSS Service Centre itself.
Querétaro has an Aerospace Park, which is the first aerospace cluster in Mexico and is located at the Querétaro International Airport. In addition, Querétaro has become, since January 2022, the largest aerospace maintenance center for Safran, a French multinational, in the entire American continent, which employs 2,000 people in the state, in matters of engineering, production, maintenance and repair.
Mr. Marco Antonio Salvador del Prete Tercero (Secretary of Sustainable Development) and Mr. Alejandro Sterling Sánchez (Director of Industrial Development) representing the Government of Querétaro, as well as other representatives of the Chamber of Commerce and businessmen Mexicans (Mr. Fabián Camacho and Mr. Manuel Palacios) attended the official visit.
Mr. Luis Cuervo (DG DEFIS), coordinator of the Galileo Information Centers, welcomed the representatives of the government of Querétaro and presented the objectives of the different GICs, such as the creation of awareness of European GNSS services in the areas covered by the centers and to provide support to users in the region in the development of new applications through cooperation with European industry. As presented by Mr. Marco Antonio Salvador del Prete, the Government of Querétaro plays a key role in industrial development and investment, technological and innovation projects in Querétaro, as well as in cooperation with local universities.
Mr. Aitor Álvarez, supervisor of the GSC, from the EU Agency for Space Programs (EUSPA), accompanied by representatives of Spaceopal, Galileo Services Operator, presented the activities of the GSC, the services that provides and its role within the European space ecosystem.
Mrs. María Mota, coordinator of the Galileo Information Center for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, presented the activities of the GIC, the potential of Galileo and the added value it provides in numerous market segments. Finally, government representatives were invited to participate in the GIC working groups, and invite interested contacts, where potential ideas for solutions based on Galileo to be implemented in the region will be developed.
This interesting visit has contributed to improving knowledge and the importance of European GNSS systems for the Querétaro business ecosystem and industrial development. Many points of approchement were found that will lead to other cooperation activities, both at an academic and industrial level.