Director-General of the program SATCART for Remote Sensing (Read pdf), in the image processing area, approved by SFS - NATO, in 1987. This project for digital cartography started within the Consortium SATCART (GEOMETRAL - LNETI - EID). When the final report was written 1993 it had given rise to a number of companies.
- "PO - 833 - SATCART- Upgrading National Technology on remote sensing and image processing applied to the prospection of natural resources and cartography", final report, NATO Science for Stability Programme, F. Carvalho Rodrigues,José Manuel Rebordão (Read pdf)
Of slightly different character is the project of satellite construction and launching in Portugal, the PoSAT1. Although a purely industrial and engineering project it represented a quite important stage in learning about aerospace. As Chief of the Po-SAT Consortium (EFACEC - ALCATEL - MARCONI - OGMA - IST - UBI - CEDINTEC - INETI) built and sucessfully launched Po-SAT1 on the 26 of September 1993.
The Po-SAT1 has a star sensor and with a GPS system (pioneer onboard this type of satellite) that allows an autonomous navigation independent from the NORAD system of the American Defence organization
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Space - Published Papers:
- "Rationale for minisatellites technology and policy in Portugal", Technical Conference - Small Satellite Technologies and Applications II, 1691, Orlando’92, 83-87, 21-22 April 1992, F. Carvalho Rodrigues, José M. Rebordão.
- "The Po-SAT1 project",Lisbon Academy of Sciences, on the April, 14, 1993 session, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
- "Detecção Remota", Colóquio/Ciências, Revista de Cultura Cientifica, 4, (12): 43 - 51; 1993, F. Carvalho Rodrigues. Read pdf
- "Campanha de lançamento e primeiros resultados do Po-SAT1" Communication put forward to the Sciences Class of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences, on the April, 13, 1994 session, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
- "Modern space guidance, control and tracking for small satellites using a CCD based star mapper in conjunction with a GPS receiver and a transputer processing unit", Conference on Space Guidance, Control and Tracking, 4-8 April ,1994, Orlando, SPIE Proceedings 2221, Miguel G. Leitmann, José Rebordão, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
- "Pequenos satélites e constelações", 9th National Conference on Physics, 19-23 September, 1994, Covilhã, F. Carvalho Rodrigues, M. Leitmann.
- "Tactical Role of Small Satellites" AGARD, 3º Symposium, Tactical Aerospace C3I in Coming Years, 15-18 May, 1995, Lisbon, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
- "Facilidade de integração e teste de mini-satélites", Workshop INPE/LIT’95, July, 1995, São José dos Campos, Brasil, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
- "Low Cost Ground Station For Leo Satellites Apllications "International Conference on Small Satellites: Mission and Tchnology. 9-13 September, 1996, Madrid. J. Cabrita Freitas, João Martins, Fernando D. Carvalho, Victor Silvestre, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
- "PoSAT-1, a field experiment for military applications "International Conference on Small Satellites: Mission and Tchnology. 9-13 September, 1996, Madrid. Cor. Pinto de Castro, J. Cabrita Freitas,M. G. Leitmann, Ten. Cor M. Leitão, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
"Sistema Planetário de comunicações PoSAT-1", Lisbon Academy of Sciences, January 16, 1997, F. Carvalho Rodrigues.
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