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Weekly Roundups

First Mexican Nanosatellite In Orbit

By Pedro Alcalá | Fri, 02/21/2020 - 17:34

Mexican Space Agency (AEM) Director General Salvador Landeros Ayala announced that  AztechSat-1, the first Mexican nanosatellite, was released from the International Space Station (ISS) and successfully placed into orbit. The device first arrived at the ISS aboard SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft on December 8th, 2019 after a three day journey.

The nanosatellite was developed by students from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, with assistance from AEM and NASA. It is scheduled to remain in orbit for six months cruising at a speed of 27,000km/h before disintegrating upon re-entering Earth’s atmosphere.   

AztechSat-1’s mission will consist in testing its own capabilities for information transmission independent of earthly communication by attempting to link itself to the Globalstar satellite constellation located 1,000km above its orbit.

 

Interjet Denies Bankruptcy Risk

In an exclusive statement to newspaper El Sol De Mexico, Executive President of Interjet parent company ABC Aerolíneas Miguel Alemán Magnani denied rumours that the troubled airline was in any risk of bankruptcy and in any emergency need of a bailout from the government or investors.

Magnani also took this opportunity to talk about Interjet’s success with its existing and new destinations in South America, to which the airline has increased its number of travelers by 134 percent.

 

Aeromar Analyzes Santa Lucía and Toluca Opportunities

In a recent interview with A21, Aeromar Commercial Director Juan Roselló declared that his company is currently analyzing the viability of establishing a permanent presence in the Santa Lucía and Toluca airports as part of an integrated strategy within the Metropolitan Airport System (SAM).

Roselló made it clear that Aeromar’s main Mexico City hub was still going to be terminal 2 of AICM, but that they were analyzing the possibility of scheduling arrivals and departures from all three airports if the connections could be coordinated appropriately.

 

Single Modular Platform Established for Flight Connectivity

Seamless Air Alliance, a joint venture formed by the combined efforts and participation of Airbus, Airtel, Delta Airlines, OneWeb, and Sprint with the purpose of bringing about a new era of flight connectivity through the joint development of new technologies, has published Seamless Release 1.0, a standard that seeks to establish a single modular platform for flight connectivity.

The idea behind the platform is for new technologies to be adopted and assimilated into its system without having to install new equipment on aircrafts every time software or hardware is updated.

 

Australia Inaugurates Space Agency

Last Wednesday, the https://ia.acs.org.au/article/2020/australian-space-agency-unveils-adelaide-headquarters.htmlhttps://ia.acs.org.au/article/2020/australian-space-agency-unveils-adelaide-headquarters.html. This is the first step toward the eventual construction of a Discovery Center and a Mission Control, which would seek to eventually make Australia a prominent partner of NASA and the European Space Agency.

Pedro Alcalá Pedro Alcalá Senior Journalist & Industry Analyst