Monday 4 December 2023

A Big Leap Forward: Here it comes… The G-SAT

After great success with the Xatcobeo Satellite and the Humsat, the University of Vigo has been working hard to launch another satellite, that will be the first commercial gallician satellite ever: The G-Sat.

It will be 110 lb (pounds) heavy and will aid the Galician Government in preventing wildfires and keep a grip on red toxic tides, that affect seafood and fish in the area.

Ph D Fernando Aguado, managing director of the Aerospace Strategic Cluster of UVigo at Galicia discloses all the secrets about the new top notch Galician Satellite Project. It will definitely be a big leap forwrd for Galicia to start off an aerospace industry in Vigo and to be able to be competitive in other foreign markets alike.




NASA echoes shoot Humsat built by University of Vigo

The web NASA echoes shoot Humsat built by University of Vigo.

Kosmotras launched a Dnepr rocket from Dombarovsky on Thursday, carrying the United Arab Emirates’ DubaiSat-2, thirty one other satellites – including Peru’s first satellite and the Humsat of the Vigo University– and one attached payload. The mission set new records for the most payloads carried into orbit by a single rocket and the smallest satellite ever launched, following lift off at 13:10:16 local time (07:10 UTC).

The Dnepr launch comes less than thirty hours after an Orbital Sciences Minotaur I rocket placed 29 satellites and two attached payloads into orbit, breaking a record which had previously been held by the Dnepr since 2007.

Although Thursday’s launch carried more payloads than the Minotaur, less of them were to be deployed directly; twenty three satellites were tasked with separating from the Dnepr itself, with the remainder being subsatellites to be deployed from other spacecraft on the mission.

ICube-1 is a single-unit CubeSat built and operated by Pakistan’s Institute of Space Technology. Primarily intended to give its developers experience of building and operating a satellite, ICube is expected to operate for three months. The Humanitarian Satellite Network Demonstrator, or HumSat-D, was developed by Spain’s University of Vigo.

A one kilogram spacecraft, it is expected to demonstrate technology for the planned Humanitarian Satellite Network – a constellation of store-and-forward communications satellites to provide a link to areas of the world without access to more developed systems.

PSA Citroën and Bosch cooperate on OpEneR research programme

PSA Citroën and Bosch, along with other partners, are cooperating on the OpEneR (Optimal Energy Consumption and Recovery) research programme, designed to improve the range of future hybrid and electric vehicles, informs Just Auto.

Two new technologies developed for the OpEneR project will be available for all types of motors, namely gasoline, diesel, hybrid and electric.

OpEneR now includes navigation data for predictive driving adaptation. The driver’s vision is considerably extended with a preview of the road, based on data such as slopes, bend radii and infrastructure data, with indication of road signs and speed limits.

The innovation means gains in efficiency, with energy savings claims of up to 15%.

Sensors will also be available to help with driving comfort and safety, such as video camera and radars, used to detect objects, other cars and pedestrians, as well as to recognise road signs and aid fuel consumption.

For instance, on the basis of the journey to be covered, a computer determines the vehicle’s future speed curve, by integrating data going beyond the next bend.

The adaptive cruise control function automatically regulates the vehicle’s speed and brakes before entering the bend, built-up areas and speed-limited areas, as well as in the presence of obstacles and slower vehicles.

In addition to its two new innovations, OpEneR enables the driver to reduce energy consumption, either by coasting, or by means of braking energy recovery for hybrid and electric vehicles.

To date, more than 15,000km of testing have been carried out in real driving conditions and on varied road profiles, with consumption claimed to be down by between 10% and 15%.

The two partners have thus developed three technological innovations including an electric drive train based on two electric motors, offering four-wheel drive with zero CO2 emissions

There is also a new generation stop & start for coasting; ESP hev braking for energy recovery at braking and battery recharging, accompanied by the iBooster which can amplify the vacuum braking force.

OpEneR is part of the European Commission’s green cars initiative call for project proposals, with partners from the industrial and university worlds.

Five partners are today working together on this research project: Bosch, AVL List and PSA, representing industry and the Karlsruhe research centre in Germany and the Galician Automotive Technology Centre, representing university research.

New Nanostructures Findings from University of Santiago Described

Fresh data on Nanostructures are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating inSantiago de Compostela, Spain, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, “The unique ability of cyclodextrins (CDs) to form inclusion complexes can be transmitted to polymeric networks in which CDs are chemically grafted or cross-linked. Combination of CDs and hydrogels in a single material leads to synergic properties: the hydrophilic network enhances biocompatibility and prevents dilution in the physiological medium increasing the stability of the inclusion complexes, while CDs finely tune the mechanical features and the stimuli-responsiveness and provide affinity-based regulation of drug loading and release.”

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Santiago, “Therefore, CD-functionalized materials are opening new perspectives in pharmacotherapy, emerging as advanced delivery systems (DDS) for hydrophobic and hydrophilic drugs to be administered via almost any route. Medical devices (catheters, prosthesis, vascular grafts, bone implants) can also benefit from surface grafting or thermofixation of CDs. The present review focuses on the approaches tested to synthesize nano- to macro-size covalently cross-linked CD networks: i) direct cross-linking through condensation with di- or multifunctional reagents, ii) copolymerization of CD derivatives with acrylic/vinyl monomers, and iii) grafting of CDs to preformed medical devices”.

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: “Examples of the advantages of having the CDs chemically bound among themselves and to substrates are provided and their applicability in therapeutics discussed”.


Study findings from University of Vigo broaden understanding of software research

Current study results on Nanoparticles have been published. According to news reporting originating in Vigo, Spain, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, “We intent to present an overview of the available catalysts for the carbon-carbon cross-coupling reactions based on supported palladium (Pd) nanoparticles (NPs)”.

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Vigo, “We begin this perspective with a brief introduction about the cross-coupling reactions and the mechanistic implications of using Pd NPs as catalyst, i.e. heterogeneous versus homogeneous catalysis, then we summarize some of the most versatile Pd supported catalysts as a function of its nature. The supported catalysts have been classified in inorganic, organic and hybrid supports.”

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: “Finally we outline the perspectives for the development of new Pd supported catalysts.”

A la carte advertising when Celta Vigo F.C. scores!


An American sports bar in Vigo is not the very same to that one designed for ´tapas´only. Fernando Garrido, a Celta FC fan and a football TV bar goer has owned a place in Vigo called Abinco since 2001, which is specialized in cash-desk-software within the hospitality sector.  He has been on and off the digital billboarding and infomercials business for a while. But, when he got together with two more partners, he laid out a system to broadcast advertising via football bars large screens whether it be on TDT or cable TV.  His brainchild is called AD-ON-TV and works via a content box, which combined with a digital signal either new promotions, commercials or messages are run via a telephone app or a cloud server. So, profit is guaranteed once the establishment or bar is packed with customers – “When Orellana (Celta FC footballer) scores a goal the manager of the bar can retrieve a specific message”, says Garrido- and you can tune up the audience, so to speak!

Exemplo nunha pantalla do sistema ideado por Abinco
Exemplo nunha pantalla do sistema ideado por Abinco

“What we do is to set up a device [US technology] behind the sports bars LED screens, these are venues which basically people hang around to watch Spanish football. It is like a minicomputer that is attached to the monitor and hooked up via an HDMi input and besides the internet connection, there´s a constant flow of content managable via this device. It goes directly to the target (he explains in this sort of jargon). For instance: 9 out of 10 people watching football in Spain drink for sure beer. Its a very powerful tool of microsegmentation, so to speak”, explain again Garrido who has planned to implement this device in all Galician bars next year.  he has enganged in conversations with 5 brands of beverages, beer and spirited drinks too. they all have shown interests in this type of project.  The idea has set well in about 20 different bars across Vigo with excellent results and being able to quantify ticket sales too.