Anniversary: ​​June 17, 1985, launch of the first Mexican satellite into space

Mexico City. — On Monday, June 17, 1985, at 07:33 UTC (01:33 Mexico time), Discovery of the space shuttle Follower a pot (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) which carried the first Mexican communications satellitehe Morelos I.

The satellite entered geostationary orbit on December 17, 1985, and was part of a series of Mexican communications satellites called: Morelos.

According to information from the Mexican Space Agency (AEM), a decentralized organization under the Ministry of Communications and Transport (SCT), Morelos I was the first Mexican communications satellite, launched into orbit on June 17, 1985 by NASA's Discovery shuttle from Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States of America.

Five months later, in November 1985, the Morelos 2 satellite was launched, the mission that carried out the flight of the first Mexican astronaut, Rodolfo Neri Vela. Both satellites were designed for telephone and live broadcasting services, and were space experiments designed by Mexican scientists.

Anniversary of June 17
On June 17, 1985, the first Mexican satellite called Morelos I was launched and carried into space by NASA's Discovery spacecraft. credit: SCT

This program allowed SCT engineers and technicians to obtain extensive training, both in space hardware and in the ground part, so that the aforementioned system and subsequent generations of national satellites were completely controlled by Mexicans from national territory.

The government's satellite program called Solidaridad has continued the country's technological advancement, providing information and communications technology for the delivery of social and communications services.

Currently, Mexico has its third generation of government satellites in orbit with the MexSat system, which is one of the most advanced systems in the world, and today the Morelos 3 satellite is operated by Mexican engineers.

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