Mexico has found a hub to grow its space telecommunications capabilities: Quantum City of Knowledge, Zacatecas. Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation (SICT), through the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), will provide advanced infrastructure for the Regional Center for Space Development (CREDES) located in Quantum City of Knowledge.
Both SICT and AEM are pursuing the development of national technology for space telecommunications and said they will pour efforts in the implementation of advanced infrastructure to equip the center with state-of-the-art tech for new research projects.
“Moving towards the sovereignty of our country in this matter, the AEM has generated multiple agreements and projects to train the talent of our youth in these technologies to apply them to priority social tasks in strategic lines of research in the seven CREDES Zacatecas laboratories,” reads SICT’s press release.
SICT attributed the existence of CREDES Zacatecas to the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT). In Zacatecas, the joint project was developed by the AEM, the Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ) and the Zacatecan Council for Science, Technology, and Innovation (COZCYT) as a vital component for Mexico’s space telecommunications infrastructure development. The center began operations in 2021 and has been a key component in the development of national capabilities by promoting applied research and training highly specialized human capital.
SICT said that CREDES will link Mexico’s telecommunications sector with space technology in the digital and internet age, as space infrastructure is “strategic for Mexico.” CREDES Zacatecas is currently managing projects for the design and construction of a satellite terminal prototype for the optimization of Mexican telecommunications satellites. Other projects include the AztechSat Constellation, jointly led by AEM and NASA, and an analysis of soil fertility led by AEM, CIMAT and UAZ, among many others.
“In this way, SICT, through AEM, redoubles efforts to bring the benefits of telecommunications closer to the population with new technologies for especially isolated communities that, due to their orography, will only be able to connect via satellite, as an example of the many other benefits of the social good that space can provide,” said SICT.