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Mexican nanosatellite to be launched from International Space Station
Academic institutions such as the Autonomous University of Chihuahua and the Mexican Space Cluster MX also participated in the project - Photo: Bill Ingalls/AP

Mexican nanosatellite to be launched from International Space Station

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The AzTechSat-1 nanosatellite developed by the UPAEP will be launched on October 2019

The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) announced that the Mexican nanosatellite "AzTechSAT-1,” developed in the Popular Autonomous University of Puebla (UPAEP), had been approved by NASA ("Delta Critical Design Review") to be launched on October 2019.

According to a statement, the general director of AEM, Javier Mendieta Jiménez, said that the project, which was funded by the Sector Fund CONACYT-AEM with the supervision of NASA, "will literally bring Mexican talent to new heights, when launched from the International Space Station."

Fernando Rodríguez Contreras, a student at the Faculty of Electronics of UPAEP, on behalf of his colleagues and professors who took part in the development of AzTechSAT-1, declared that it was a privilege to work on this project with people from the Mexican Space Agency and mentors from NASA.

"It is a great honor to represent our country as pioneers in this field. As students, we are taking this job very seriously and we are dedicating so much passion to Mexico as a country to move forward and start this new Mexican space era," he said shortly after the Delta review, whose final panel headed by NASA included experts from AEM, the former astronaut José Hernández Moreno, and the professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Paulo Lozano.

In the same vein, the director of Space Programs of the Division of Advanced Exploration Systems of NASA, Andrés Martínez, said that the Delta Critical Design Review "is a very important stage for the project. It allows for us to make sure that the design will meet all the Mission requirements," he explained.

Martinez said that after these revisions, the launch was scheduled for the month of October 2019. "NASA has already granted us the launch date, and we already know that in that month the AzTechSAT- 1 will be in space," he said.

For his part, the Vice Chancellor of Postgraduate Studies and Research at UPAEP, Eugenio Urrutia Albisua, said that the University has once again complied with the procedures established by NASA, and noted that in addition to the support of the Sector Fund CONACYT-AEM, the project had also received financial support from NASA and other agencies.

Since other academic institutions in Mexico, such as the Autonomous University of Chihuahua and the Mexican Space Cluster MX had also participated in the project, they highlighted: “This will detonate aerospace development in Mexico, thanks to the interest of the Federal Government in supporting this kind of initiative.”


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