The Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and Ministry of Economy have published the "NMX-AE-003-SCFI-2021" standard to provide guidelines, parameters and technical standards for the Mexican talent working in the space industry. The standard is part of Mexico’s efforts to generate confidence and certainty in the space industry, as the country pushes to build this sector.
“These technical standards are multiple and will enable Mexico's insertion in international markets through products compatible with the standards required by the global space industry,” reads a press release by AEM.
AEM, a decentralized body of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), is working with the General Directorate of Standards (DGN) of the Ministry of Economy to create a series of Mexican Standards (NMX) that will further develop the space industry in Mexico to stimulate the country’s national industry.
The "NMX-AE-003-SCFI-2021" standard is to guide the sector’s efforts to enhance competitiveness and cutting-edge technology, stimulating the development of a Mexican space sector.
"It is well known that Mexican innate ingenuity is very large, but for this reason it is strategic to direct it and attract that talent towards the development of its own national space sector. This industry has great potential [to support] the country’s social priorities, such as connectivity," said Salvador Landeros Ayala, General Director, AEM.
This standard will support Mexico’s efforts in inserting its products in international markets through the generation of products compatible with the standards required by the global space industry. The objective is to generate trust and certainty in Mexican developments, processes and services, said AEM. The new NMX includes specifications for different kinds of development and manufacturing practices for space components. Its objective is for Mexican components to match the quality of products approved by international organizations dedicated to standardization, which are also recognized by the government of Mexico.
The standard aims to support the industry “by emphasizing that there is already a great capacity in our country’s talent to start inserting itself in the space industry whose market, only in the segment of Nanosatellites, represents an average global income of US$4 billion (MX$78 billion),” said Landeros.