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Victoria, the Costa Rican girl who dreams of being a NASA astronaut

Victoria's don't have capes or swords. Victoria's heroes are scientists. Franklin Chang-Díaz, Sandra Cauffman, and Elon Musk are the people who inspire this 13-year-old girl from Cartago every day. The trio of luminaries, with her achievements, teach Victoria that dreams come true. They show her...

Franklin Chang-Díaz urges presidential signature for Space Agency law

QCOSTARCIA - On February 19, the Legislative Assembly approved in a second debate the creation of the Costa Rican Space Agency (AEC). However, the law promoted by the legislator of the Partido Liberacion Nacional (PLN), Aida Montiel, has been the subject of criticism. But this...

Franklin Chang: “Space Agency Doesn’t Have to Be a Bureaucratic Elephant”

QCOSTARICA - The so-called Costa Rican space agency, recently approved by Congress, does not have to be a bureaucratic giant, with a large office that requires a lot of investment, argued Franklin Chang, former NASA astronaut, and director of the Ad Astra Rocket Company. In...

Space agency in Costa Rica will be a reality

HQ - The creation of a space agency in Costa Rica remains firm after being approved in the second and final debate this Thursday. To finance itself, it will depend on donations and loans in favor of the initiative, as well as a contribution from...

Franklin Chang supports the creation of a Costa Rican space agency

QCOSTARICA - Franklin Chang, a Costa Rican scientist and the first Latin American immigrant NASA Astronaut selected to go into space a member of the NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame, says he supports the creation of a space agency in the country. "A Costa Rican...

Costa Rica to create aerospace agency like NASA, but in a small way

RICO's DIGEST - The first steps are being taken to create an aerospace agency in Costa Rica, something like NASA, but in a small way. The initiative, Ley de Creación de la Agencia Espacial Costarricense (AEC) - the Costa Rican Space Agency Law - was...

Chang started his plasma engine and will start key tests starting next week.

Costa Rican scientist and former NASA astronaut, Franklin Chang, confirmed that last Wednesday the plasma engine being developed in Costa Rica was started for the first time so far this year. This confirms that we are ready to start with a series of necessary tests...

‘A citizen of the world’: NASA’s first Latino astronaut reflects on how space changed his immigrant identity

While the American memory of the Space Race is most often filtered through black-and-white photos of white men on the moon, NASA’s reality was Technicolor. People of color, including the black female mathematicians who worked as “human computers” and were depicted in the Oscar-winning “Hidden...

Costa Rica’s Rocket Company Strengthens Green Hydrogen Footprint

(Liberia, Guanacaste) The Ad Astra Rocket Company has initiated two major projects valued at approximately US$765,000 to strengthen Central America’s first green hydrogen (H2) ecosystem. Project partners are, Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), a global foundation established by the Toyota Motor Corporation to support the development...

Hydrogen Powered Bus Started Operating in Liberia

The first hydrogen fuel cell electric bus in Central America went into operation on Monday, November 27, on the Ad Astra Rocket Company campus, located in Liberia, Guanacaste. This means of transport is part of the project of Hydrogen Ecosystems promoted by the company of...

‘Nyuti’, The Future For Costa Rica’s Younger Generation

  Ad Astra Rocket Company Costa Rica (AARC CR) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the American rocket propulsion, Ad Astra Rocket Company, has announced the arrival of Costa Rica’s first hydrogen (H2) fuelled electric passenger bus. The development of the bus was by Ad Astra,...

Dream Of First Costa Rican Satellite In Orbit Closer To Reality

Q COSTA RICA - The donations made by more than 800 people to the Proyecto Irazú (Irazú Project) has helped in the purchase of components for the first Costa Rican satellite. The donations amounted to US$80,000 dollars, which added to the sponsorship of five private...

Costa Rica Aerospace Sector Aims To Shine Abroad

QCOSTARICA - Converting Costa Rica in a country providing services for the international aerospace industry is the goal proposed by some 25 companies, both domestic and foreign. To achieve this, the government on Tuesday unveiled the Aerospace Cluster Costa Rica (CRAC) or Clúster Aeroespacial de...

Costa Rica Developed Plasma Engine Could Reach Mars in 39 Days

QCOSTARICA -  Costa Rica's Ad Astra Rocket Company recently received $10 million in funding from NASA for further development of its Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR). The VASIMIR is an electromagnetic thruster capable of propelling a spaceship to Mars in just 39 days, cutting...

Costa Rica’s As Astra Rocket Company Wins Major NASA Advanced Propulsion Contract

QCOSTARICA (NASA Press Release) - Building on the success of NASA’s partnerships with commercial industry to date, NASA has selected 12 Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) to advance concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of advanced propulsion, habitation and...

Chang’s Firm Breaks With Recope

QCOSTARICA - Ad Astra Rocket Company, the rocket company by former astronaut and physicist Dr. Franklin Chang, working on the project to produce hydrogen for use as fuel in vehicles, has broken ties with the state refinery, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo (Recope). Chang made...

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