Mexican nanosatellite to be launched in 2019

NASA has validated the second stage to launch “AzTechSat-1”
Mexican nanosatellite to be launched in 2019
Photo courtesy of the UPAEP
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The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) announced that NASA has validated the second stage of their project, the Mexican nanosatellite “AzTechSat-1,” which is scheduled to be launched from the International Space Station in 2019.

The director of the AEM, Javier Mendieta, explained that NASA is providing their support to the project pursuant to the agreements reached with the Mexican Space Agency to build development capabilities for next-generation satellites, and recognized the work of authorities, professors, and students of the People's Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP) and its partners, which include the NASA, the space cluster MX Space, and the Autonomous University of Chihuahua.

“AzTechSat-1” is the first nanosatellite designed and built by Mexican students and professors of the Faculty of Engineering of the UPAEP. Its mission will consist of testing the interconnection of Global Star of our satellite with others already in orbit.

The project kicked off on May 11 and Héctor Vargas, a professor at the Faculty of Electronics of the UPAEP, is confident the success of the project will position the University as a leader in aerospace engineering.

“This team who works in the UPAEP continues to be a source of pride for our country since this project is improving, historically, the formation of our technological talents,” said the director of the Mexican Space Agency,  Javier Mendieta.

For his part, NASA program executive Andrés Martínez added that “the current generation of students have the capacity to become the first leading players in the development of the space race in Mexico,” and promote the country as a small satellite manufacturer.


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