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Mexican Space Agency and Canada exchange knowledge on use of space-satellite technology against natural disasters

The Mexican Space Agency (AEM), in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada, industry experts, country”s space industry, and federal agencies responsible for protecting the population, coordinates efforts to establish best practices in technology-space satellite in order to respond in a more timely manner to the population in case of natural disasters caused by climate change and natural causes.

Therefore, the international experience provides a basis for creating a model for immediate response and integrate the three components of the space sector branches: scientific, business and government, in order to boost scientific and technological hinged for this purpose. Thus has made known during the “Land Remote Sensing: a vision for Mexico”, whose inauguration was conducted by the Director General of the AEM, Javier Mendieta Jiménez.

In science, one of the main factors of attention, it was established the dual need to send students abroad to generate specialized and competitive workers to accomplish the tasks in Mexico and, simultaneously, bringing international experts to the country to share their knowledge on topics such as the use of radar and remote sensing, mapping ground segments, minisatellites launch, encrypted task tracking, telemetry, among others.

The Minister Counsellor of the Canadian Embassy, François Rivest, and the Director of International Business Development Surveillance, Greg Frey, shared the Canadian experience and discussed issues related to the operation of satellites and their control from Earth; imaging generate and its applications for the prevention and management of disasters; oil spills; mapping of natural resources and climate monitoring of the territory, as well as their use in times when there is no disaster, for the benefit of agriculture, forestry and urban development.

In this context, the conclusions of the workshop will contribute to the participating of federal agencies related to this topic to articulate a strategy for space infrastructure to be built in the coming years, in order to fulfill what determines the National Development Plan (PND) 2013-2018, which requires a solid infrastructure on land and development of scientific projects of great importance to be supported by the formation of highly skilled experts in the field of satellites.

Source: AEM