The MARTINLARA Consortium consists of seven research groups belonging to various Universities of the Madrid Community, one laboratory, one associated group and three companies.

Research Groups


Instituto Geográfico Nacional

GeosIGN is the group of Space Geodesy of the National Geographic Institute of Spain (IGN), and it is composed of researchers in the field of radiofrequency, astronomy, geodesy and geophysics. This staff is spread in three main locations: Astronomical Observatory of Madrid, CACGYA building in Alcalá de Henares University campus and Yebes Observatory (Guadalajara).

GeosIGN operates two large radiotelescopes equiped with ultra-low noise state-of-the-arte cryogenic receivers for single-dish and VLBI observations. As a result, IGN is a member of IVS (International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry) and EVN (European VLBI Network). In addition, GeosIGN operates the reference GNSS station of the Spanish GPS network and the most sensitive gravimeter of the country. These instruments are located in Yebes Observatory.

GeosIGN contributes in the definition and maintenance of the ICRF (International Cellestial Reference Frame), the ITRF (International Terrestrial Reference Frame) and the monitorization of Universal Time (UT1), the length of day (LOD) and position and orientation of Earth rotation axis. All these parameters are fundamental for satellite operators and space agencies in their tracking activities.

Currently, GeosIGN is working to transform Yebes Observatory into a Geodetic Fundamental Station of the GGOS (Global Geodetic Observatory System) network, with the addition of a Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) station, whose construction has been funded through FEDER funds. This station will contribute to the accurate determination of Earth geodetic parameters through the measurement of the distance to satellites equipped with laser retro-reflectors in coordination with other stations around the world, in the framework of the International Laser Ranging Service (ILRS).




SENER Aeroespacial

SENER Aeroespacial has been a leading supplier of high performance aerospace systems for Space, Defence and Science for more than 50 years, with high added value technological developments. In Space, it supplies electromechanical components and systems, navigation systems (GNC/AOCS), communications, astronomy and optics systems for Space, and it is currently participating in the main programs of ESA and NASA (including Euclid, Meteosat Third Generation, Solar Orbiter, JUICE, Proba-3, Hubble, Galileo, Rosetta, Gaia, Herschel and Planck, IXV, BepiColombo and Mars 2020) and the European Space Observatory; in the Space commercial market, is a leading supplier of telemetry and telecommand antennas and a regular supplier of all types of antennas, passive equipment and radio frequency assets for the leading international manufacturers of communications satellites, even in programs for the so called New Space. In Defence, it develops electromechanical systems, COMINT (communications intelligence) and communications links (D-Link), as well as helicopter modernization services. In Astronomy and Science, it produces precision mechanical equipment for terrestrial telescopes and engineering services. And, finally, its ATC & Broadcast division is a supplier of antennas and passive units. SENER Aeroespacial is part of the SENER engineering and technology group, founded in 1956. The SENER Group has 2,300 professionals in offices in four continents and the group's operating revenue exceeded 589 million Euros (2018 data).

The project is co-financed by:

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