Mexico to Build Spaceport, Forges Ties With Russia

Some interesting news coming out of Mexico about plans by the nation’s new space agency, Aexa, to build an equatorial satellite launch complex:

The facility will be located in the southern state of Quintana Roo on the border with Belize, said state planning minister Jose Alberto Alonso Ovando. The location was chosen after extensive studies in part because of its proximity to the Equator, he said in an interview.

The full story is here. It also looks as if Aexa will be getting assistance from the Russian space agency Roskosmos. Deputy Director Segrey Saveliev recently led a delegation to Mexico to discuss bilateral ties, the Russian news agency TASS reports:

Russian experts held negotiatons with the Mexican Congress Senate Committee on Science and Technology, as well as with the initiative group on development of the national space agency.

The visit took place following the initiative of the Mexican party, Saveliev explained. Mexican space agency is to be established in a few months. After that, Roscosmos will negotiate the issues with the authorized state agency.

According to Saveliev, “reliable legal basis is required” to commence discussions of the space programs with Mexico. Mexican party is interested in cooperation in the satellite communication, remote sensing programs, as well as in the Russian Global Navigation System (GLONASS). Thus, prospectives of bilateral cooperation are realistic.

Very interesting developments south of the border.