Mexico Seeks Space Industry Powerhouse

Mexico held the 1st Space Generation Advisory Council meeting to discuss opportunities for young Mexicans in the space sector. Mexico aims to be a major player in space exploration and contribute to the Artemis Agreement.

Mexico Seeks Space Industry Powerhouse
Mexico aims to be a major player in space exploration through education and international collaboration.

The inaugural meeting of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) in Mexico was a pivotal event, convened by Representative Karla Ayala Villalobos, President of the Youth Commission. Held in the Chamber of Deputies, this gathering brought together experts in space observation and technology development to emphasize the importance of creating opportunities for young Mexicans in the space sector. This meeting marked a significant step in Mexico's journey to becoming a key player in global space activities.

The Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), known in Spanish as the Consejo Asesor de la Generación Espacial, is a non-governmental, non-profit organization. It operates as a global network aimed at connecting university students and young space professionals with the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia. The SGAC serves as a bridge, linking emerging talents with established entities to foster collaboration and innovation in space applications.

Mexico’s Role in Space Development

Salvador Landeros Ayala, the General Director of the Mexican Space Agency, highlighted the crucial role of space in various sectors, including telecommunications, agriculture, security, environmental monitoring, climate change, urban development, and natural resource exploration. He emphasized that Mexico should not be a mere observer but an active contributor to space development, leveraging its geographical advantages for rocket launches and other space activities.

Landeros also pointed out Mexico's involvement in the Artemis Agreement, which aims to return humans to the Moon by 2026 and subsequently to Mars. This involvement opens up numerous opportunities for Mexican universities and industries, fostering the creation of new technologies and knowledge. To maximize these opportunities, it is essential to support young people with scholarships, international exchanges, and educational programs.

Nayeli Cortés Rocillo, director of the SGAC meeting, underscored the importance of hosting the event in Mexico to facilitate greater youth participation. She noted that Mexico is not starting from scratch; the country has already made significant strides with projects like the Colmena and AzTech-Sat-1 missions. These accomplishments have garnered international recognition, particularly from the International Federation of Astronautics.

Cortés stressed the need to expand opportunities for young Mexicans in the space sector, ensuring that the country's talent can contribute to and benefit from global space endeavors.

Gustavo Cabrera Rodríguez, Mexico’s representative to the Latin American and Caribbean Space Agency (ALCE), emphasized the potential of Latin American resources and human talent. He urged the new generations to prepare for upcoming projects, positioning Latin America as a significant player in the economic geopolitics of space. Cabrera's call to action highlights the region's capability to contribute meaningfully to global space initiatives.

Universal Access to Astrophysical Knowledge

Bertha Patricia Guzmán Velázquez from the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics, and Electronics (INAOE) discussed the institute’s efforts to offer transversal postgraduate courses in astrophysics. She highlighted the importance of universal access to knowledge and the institute’s initiatives to engage children with electronics kits and workshops. These efforts aim to inspire future generations and democratize access to scientific education.

Cristina Pérez Ramos, a youth representative in the SGAC, called for comprehensive spatial reforms to support space education, research, technological development, and international cooperation. She emphasized that Mexico has the capacity to position itself as a key player in the global space panorama. Pérez's vision includes fully supporting initiatives that promote space-related reforms and education.

Vianney Comonfort Moreno, the technical secretary of the Youth Commission, concluded that the combination of experienced professionals and young enthusiasts at the forum would significantly enrich the collective knowledge on space technology. This synergy is expected to propel Mexico towards achieving its space ambitions and fostering a new generation of space experts.

The first SGAC meeting in Mexico underscored the nation's commitment to advancing in the space sector by empowering its youth. Through strategic support and international collaboration, Mexico aims to transform from an observer to a key protagonist in space development, harnessing the talents and potential of its young people to contribute to humanity's exploration and utilization of space.