4.The Process

The process

Atlantic international Satellite Launch Programme

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1ST PHASE

Call for Interest of Qualified Entities for Launch Services to Space from the Island of Santa Maria

A brief statement (about 4 pages), with a clear description of interest to build, install and/or operate a spaceport and launch equipment enabling launching services from the Azores as of 2021 for small satellites (see details below in this document).

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2ND PHASE

Overture of International Call for Tender for Launch Services to Space from the Island of Santa Maria

Publication of the procurement rules, including evaluation criteria;

Public presentation to an International High-Level Expert Committee (in early February 2019), to be nominated by the portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), upon consultation of the Government of Portugal and the Regional Government of Azores.

3RD PHASE

Conclusion of International Competitive Bidding for Launch Services to Space from the Island of Santa Maria

By completion of the 3RD phase, a contractual period of about two years will be initiated to install launch services to space from the Island of Santa Maria.