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Millions Allocated to Mexican Satellite System Maintenance

By Alessa Flores | Thu, 09/24/2020 - 16:13

The Federation’s Expenditure Budget Project (PPEF) for the year 2021 estimates MX$80 million (US$3.6 million) for the maintenance program of the Mexican Satellite System (MEXSAT). MEXSAT is composed of two geostationary satellites (the Satellite Bicentenario for fixed services and the Satellite Morelos 3 for mobile services) with control centers located in Iztapalapa, Mexico City and Hermosillo, Sonora, explains a note from Milenio. Therefore, because it is in charge of providing robust satellite communications services, it is considered a fundamental technology for improving the living conditions of the population.


Now let’s jump into the Week in Aerospace!

Volaris' Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting Will Increase Capital by MX$3.5 billion (US$156.8 million)

Volaris' extraordinary shareholders' meeting will increase capital by MX$3.5 billion (US$156.8 million) to reinforce the company's position and take advantage of potential growth opportunities, explains a note from El Proceso. Volaris will also take this opportunity to drive growth in new and current destinations to become more competitive against other airlines in the near future.

Aviation Needs Fast, Accurate, Affordable COVID-19 Testing

Airlines have strengthened their safety procedures by urging passengers to wear masks at all times, to avoid travel if presenting COVID-19 symptoms and to take a temperature check before boarding, among many other measures, but there is still concern among passengers regarding the safety of traveling during this troubling period. However, IATA explains that most passengers support testing before flights, with 84 percent voting it should be required of all travelers and 88 percent claiming that they would be willing to undergo a test before their flight. Passenger testing, however, is reliant on the development of a fast, accurate and systematic COVID-19 testing procedure that is both affordable and easy to operate.

Airbus Unveils Hydrogen Powered Airplanes

Hydrogen can be used to power up a vehicle through an internal combustion engine or a fuel cell. Airbus’ three concept aircraft will use both in a hybrid-electric propulsion system. The aircraft will be powered by burning hydrogen in modified gas-turbine engines, while hydrogen fuel cells will generate electric power. However, the exact configuration of the aircraft varies by plane. Airbus’ concept turbofan incorporates two hybrid hydrogen turbofan engines and the turboprop incorporates two hybrid hydrogen turboprop engines with six-bladed propellers to provide thrust. These two aircraft will store liquid hydrogen behind the rear pressure bulkhead. Finally, Airbus’ blended-wing model will also incorporate two hybrid hydrogen turbofan engines. 

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Alessa Flores Alessa Flores Senior Journalist and Industry Analyst