U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville the model for new facility in Mexico

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The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is the model for a similar facility being built in Mexico. (Hville Blast)

If imitation is truly the greatest form of flattery, then we here in Huntsville should be quite flattered that a new space exploration museum in Mexico is being modeled after Huntsville’s U.S. Space & Rocket Center.

Florida-based Merida Aerospace has unveiled plans for the space and rocket center in Mexico’s Yucatan region, using Huntsville’s facility as its model.

Modeling after the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville is one of the state’s premier attractions. (Lacey Spear / Hville Blast)

The National Rocket and Space Center in Mexico will be a multifaceted facility, featuring cutting-edge amenities such as a museum, observatory and immersive experiences for the public.

It will also house space camps designed to provide hands-on training for students and individuals interested in space operations. And will serve as an active hub for the development and innovation of astronautical technology through dedicated laboratories.

One of the key objectives of this initiative is to address the absence of a dedicated platform for aerospace engineering studies in the field of astronautics in Mexico.

A statement from Merida Aerospace said “state-of-the-art facilities and educational programs aims to encourage engineers to excel in the space industry, fostering the development of world-class projects.”

The scope of these projects spans various aspects of the space industry, including launch rockets, propulsion systems, satellite systems, planetary exploration rovers and robotic systems.

The National Rocket and Space Center in Mexico

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The National Rocket and Space Center in Mexico will be modeled after the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. (Michael Seale/HvilleBlast)

The project is expected to generate new employment opportunities for thousands of Mexicans, who can receive specialized training in astronautics from Mexican universities.

It is poised to attract substantial investments from aerospace companies, particularly in the field of space exploration. Merida Aerospace’s planned collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and its intention to establish connections with NASA further underscore Mexico’s commitment to becoming a prominent player in the global space community.

“As Merida Aerospace embarks on this groundbreaking journey, it extends an invitation to educators, enthusiasts, and space aficionados to participate in shaping the future of space exploration and education in Mexico. This collaborative effort represents a significant opportunity to propel the nation to new heights, fostering innovation, education, and international collaboration.”

Merida Aerospace via news release

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