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Prize 2015

Details on the regional prize 2015 will be published shortly.

Prize 2014

The winner of the Mexican Challenge will be provided with the following services:
  • Domestic and international partnerships in technology development
  • Patent and IPR consulting
  • Coaching on acquiring local and international funding
  • Marketing analysis
  • Coaching on commercialisation


Mexico is one of the most competitive countries in the world of productive investment thanks to its macroeconomic and political stability, low inflation, the size and strength of its domestic market, its economic growth rate, and its capacity in manufacturing high-tech products. The country features an open economy that guarantees access to international markets through a network of free trade agreements. It also boasts a strategic geographic location and competitive costs to service global markets, as well as an important pool of young and highly skilled human capital. Mexico has consolidated its aerospace sector as a global leader in the field. It has registered around 20% annual growth in the last eight years. Currently, there are 254 companies and support entities in the country, most of which are NADCAP- and AS9100-certified. They are located mainly in six states and employ more than 33,000 high-level professionals.

Regional Organiser

The mission of the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) is to transform Mexico into a country with scientific and technological development activities that can compete at the international level, articulated industrialisation programmes and frontier-technology services, and high levels of social development impact. It is important for the AEM to participate in the generation of benefits and develop opportunities for Mexico's citizens. That is the reason why we devote considerable effort to international relations, collaborating with other institutions and organisations to further the common good. We also realise that employees must be educated according to the industry's needs; in coordination with other entities, we will thus be offering diverse training alternatives for different educational levels. The academic community represents a key element in the AEM's achievement of its objectives. This gateway constitutes a collaboration link through which technology and capabilities can be developed - along with the agency - to solve national problems. The participation of the entrepreneurial sector is very important, as well. The AEM's website constitutes a communication channel that invites and promotes collaboration with this sector in order to generate projects and initiatives that lead to job creation and the generation of technology-based enterprises.

The Mexican space industry emerged in the 1950s during the rise of projects to design rockets and communication systems. These projects would lead to the launch of rockets to study the upper atmosphere (1957) and to the installation of a tracking station in Guaymas, Sonora (1960), which augmented the system used to track American space fights. The creation of the National Outer Space Commissionin 1962 would then trigger the development of important works in telecommunications and rocketry, and these to the creation of specialised frameworks and physical infrastructure designed for insertion into newly developing activities around the world.

Currently, Mexico participates in global space projects through the collaboration of its higher education institutions, such as the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, the Instituto Politécnico Nacional, the centres of the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología, and the Universidad del Ejército y Fuerza Aérea Mexicana. In 2010, the Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transportes also announced the acquisition of three satellites: Bicentenario (to support national security), as well as Centenario and Morelos III (to expand satellite communication connections in Mexico). Several private companies took part in this purchase, giving a boost to the telecommunications sector in Mexico.

In terms of Earth observation, Mexico has access to remote-sensory images produced by several satellites and constellations. The Estación de Recepción México de la Constelación SPOT - the first reception station to be installed in the country - has served the Mexican land sector in prospecting and decision-making activities and supported the operations of the Secretaría de Marina.

The second to be installed in Mexico was the Estación para la Recepción de Información Satelital, which captures Landsat and MODIS images and has been used in natural disaster prevention and response. A third station, Estación Virtual de Imágenes de Muy Alta Resolución, is currently being installed. It will be capable of obtaining satellite images at a resolution of 50 centimetres. In addition, the modernisation of the Sistema Satelital Mexicano was announced in May 2012. Three telecommunications satellites are to begin operations in the near future. The first will be MexSat 3, which will be launched from French Guyana by ArianeSpace at the end of this administration. The second, MexSat 1, will be launched by International Launch Services (ILS) from Kazakhstan by the end of 2014. The third satellite is MexSat 2, whose launch has not yet been finalised. Theses satellites will be used to integrate entities into a national security system through a country-wide satellite communications platform.

Sources: PROMEXICO and the AEM Orbit Plan


Dr Victor Lopez-Castellanos
Mexico City Smart Metropolitan Mobility

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