Spain and the European Space Effort
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This book contains nine historicalmonographs that present important aspects of the Spanish participation in ESRO and ESA programmes. It is the result of a cooperative effort between ESA and the CDTI, the office in charge of the ESA programmes in Spain.
The authors are persons with direct experience of the matters they describe and have obtained industry wide support to obtain the information used. The support of staff at INTA and ESA's Villafranca station must also be acknowledged.
A list of Spain's major achievements in space and a series of tables presenting the details of Spanish investments and participation in all major ESA projects are also included as well as photographs of hardware delivered to ESA.
Pedro PINTO TARDON has a doctorate in aeronautical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). In 1965 he joined Spain's National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), where some years later he became director of the electronics division. In 1986 he joined the radar division of CESELSA, where he became technical deputy director of the group. In 1989 he started working for HISPASAT, from where he eventually retired as technical director.
José RIVACOBA holds degrees in civil (energy) engineering (Moscow 1955 and Madrid 1970) and a doctorate in civil engineering (Cantabria 1978). He has thaught at the Universities of Madrid, Barcelona and Cantabria and was awarded the Medal of Professional Merit by the Civil Engineers Association of Spain (1988).
José Manuel SANCHEZ RON, a former ESRO fellow (London, 1975-1977), holds a doctorate in physics (University of London) and is Professor of History of Science at Autonomous University of Madrid. He is a member of Spain's Royal Academy (Madrid) and of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europeae (Salzburg), aswell as correspondingmember of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences (Madrid) and of the Académie Internationale d'Histoire des Sciences (Paris).
Miguel Angel SABADELL holds a doctorate in theoretical physics (astrophysics) from the University of Saragossa (UZ) and has been a UZ professor, advisor to the Minister for Science, Technology & Universities of the Aragon autonomous government and head of science communication at the Centro de Astrobiologïa (INTA-CSIC), an organisation having links with NASA's Astrobiology Institute.