Mexico, Dec 6 - Mexico launched a very special communications satellite, the AzTechSat-1, built by students and teachers of the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla (UPAEP) and NASA.
This is the first Mexican satellite put into orbit for 23 years, after the UNAMSAT was launched by Russia. UPAEP Rector Emilio BañosArdavin stated, 'We are beginning a new stage in Mexican aerospace history.'
Hector Simon Vargas Martinez, scientific director of the project, explained that the AzTechSat-1 is a very special satellite, as it will do what no other satellite worldwide has been capable of: inter-satellite communication.
Meanwhile, Emilio Baños said that this is a watershed moment in Mexican aerospace history, because UPAEP scientists of the Faculties of Electronics and Mechatronics will achieve what no country in the world has been able to thus far.
Baños revealed that the institution plans another four or five satellites that will be used to monitor marine fauna from space, as well as the Popocatepetl volcano.
The launch was carried out at the NASA base in Houston, Texas, and the rocket that carried the 'Dragon' capsule which contained the satellite returned to Earth a few minutes later to be reused in other launches. (PL)