Mexico Ready to Showcase New Space InvestmentsBy Emilio Aristegui | Tue, 09/14/2021 - 17:52
Mexico stepped up its efforts to become an important actor in the space industry with the acquisition of two new satellites that will be showcased at next week’s FAMEX. The satellites were acquired thanks in part to efforts from the Mexican Federation of the Aerospace Industry (FEMIA), said authorities.
Salvador Landeros Ayala, General Director of the AEM, announced that “The confidence of the national industry in our country’s space sector is increasing and now with two more powerful satellites, GEOSAT-1 and GEOSAT-2, the space development and capacities of our country will be strengthened.”
The acquisition of these satellites is part of an alliance between FEMIA and Thrusters Unlimited, a fully Mexican company. “It was possible for (FEMIA) to achieve the acquisition of both satellites (which are) already in orbit and fully operational,” reads SCT’s press release. This purchase represents a step forward in Mexico’s efforts to position itself in the space industry. “This also contributes to strengthening Mexico’s competitive position, which began more than three decades ago, in the select group of countries with a private operational presence in space,” Landeros added.
GEOSAT-1 is a high-tech device that will provide Mexico with important technological intelligence. “GEOSAT-1 is a satellite in orbit at approximately 660km altitude, with the capacity to cover entire countries (with a very large strip or sweep coverage) and a weight greater than 100kg.” Meanwhile, GEOSAT-2 belongs to a class of satellites normally used in the monitoring of environmental phenomena. “GEOSAT-2 is an agile device that is positioned at approximately 620km from the ground, being an artefact called multispectral of very high resolution. (The satellite) is 75cm long and weights over 300kg.” These satellites are used mainly in the detection of natural disasters, while in other countries they have been used to protect the environment, monitor forest fires and support agriculture and the fight against climate change, among other activities, highlighted Landeros.