National rocket and space center planned for Mexico’s Yucatan, modeled after Huntsville

Officials plan to offer advanced education options and position Mexico as key player in space economy

A view of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, inspiration for Mexico’s plan, supplied by Merida Aerospace.

Florida-based Merida Aerospace has unveiled plans for a space and rocket center in Mexico’s Yucatan, based on the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.

Like its U.S. inspiration, it will house museums and host space camps. “However, the center’s significance goes beyond education and public engagement — it will serve as an active hub for the development and innovation of astronautical technology through dedicated laboratories,” the company said in its announcement.

Plans call for a facility that will support aerospace engineering studies in astronautics.

“By offering state-of-the-art facilities and educational programs, Merida Aerospace 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 company’s announcement states.

Merida Aerospace officials say they expect the center to generate thousands of jobs and to attract investment in space exploration in collaboration with the Mexican Space Agency and by establishing ties with NASA.

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The company quotes Bank of America, saying that space economy is expected to grow by some 250% between now and 2030.

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