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Costa Rica Launches Its First Satellite Into Space with SpaceX

Costa Rica Launches Its First Satellite Into Space with SpaceX

By Laura Alvarado, April 2, 2018.  Published in The Costa Rica Star, April 14, 2018

Costa Rica launches satellite
Costa Rica launches satellite

The first Central American satellite, developed by Costa Ricans will be launched the afternoon of this Monday, April 2 from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA.

The rocket Space Falcon 9 and the Dragon spaceship will be in charge of the transportation of the small satellite, which was manufactured with CubeSat technology, and consists on a cube that measures only 10 centimeters (3.93 inches) each side and weighs close to 1 kilogram.

This initiative known as Irazu Project (Space Technology for the Monitoring of Climate Change), is the result of the work of the Central American Association of Aeronautics and Space )CAAE for its Spanish acronym) and the Costa Rica Technology Institute (ITCR) with the support of several sponsoring companies, the government and donations received through kickstarter, the satellite was designed to help with different environmental investigations.

According to SpaceX this is the fourteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-14), Irazu Project is part of the about 5,800 pounds of supplies, payloads and vehicle hardware, including critical materials to directly support science and research investigations that will occur onboard the orbiting laboratory.

The launching can be seen live through the SpaceX You Tube channel via The Costa Rica Star at 2:30 p.m. local time, the link is included below by clicking on the video:

 

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