INTA, Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial
The National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA, in Spanish) is the Spanish Public Research Organization depending on Spanish Ministry of Defence. Founded on 1942, INTA has been specialized in Aeronautics and Space Research and Technology Development, but since September 2015 other R&D Defence dependant centres have joined INTA, so covering 'Defence' as a single subject, considering Air, Space, Land and Sea scenarios. INTA facilities are settled along Spain, being Torrejón de Ardoz (near Madrid Barajas airport) the Headquarters site. Tracking stations are located in Robledo de Chavela (Madrid), Villafranca del Castillo (Madrid) and Maspalomas (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands).
Among INTA main functions within Space sector, it is worth mentioning:
•Performing all types of tests to check, approve and certify materials, components equipment items, subsystems and systems .
•To provide technical assessment and services to official entities and agencies, and also to industrial or technological companies.
•The diffusion of scientific and technological knowledge throughout training activities, publications and attendance to events. In relation to this aspect, the transference of developed technology to industry and services.
• Equipment and systems Calibration capability
At Torrejón de Ardoz site, INTA has Headquarters and main space capabilities:
•Small Satellites Programmes and Development
•Mechanical and climatic Tests
•PIM, Multipactor, Corona, Power Handling Tests
•solar cells, coupon and photovoltaic panel tests services
•Electronic Technologies, Radiofrequency and Communication
•Common/Transversal disciplines: materials & structures, aerodynamics & propulsion, metrology & calibration