IPN and NASA endorse collaboration within Suborbital Flight Program
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IPN and NASA endorse collaboration within Suborbital Flight Program

• The head of NASA's Scientific Balloon Program, Debora A. Fairbrother gave a lecture on the U.S. space agency's scientific balloon missions

• Public Education Minister, Delfina Gomez Alvarez, has expressed the importance of training young people in the fields of science and technology, through quality education

• The Polytechnic has the necessary solidity to project itself at the international level: Arturo Reyes Sandoval, IPN´s General Director

The National Polytechnic Institute took a step forward in its Internationalization Program, by strengthening its collaboration ties with the U.S. space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), an organization that endorsed its support for the suborbital flight program in which participate the IPN, the Mexico´s National Autonomous University (UNAM) and some others higher education institutions in the country.

In different forums, Public Education Minister, Delfina Gomez Alvarez, has highlighted the importance of training young people in science and technology fields through quality education, to excel internationally.

In turn, the IPN´s General Director, Arturo Reyes Sandoval, has pointed out that the Polytechnic has the necessary solidity to project itself at the international level, as a house of studies that harmonizes the scientific and technological vanguard with social commitment.

During the keynote speech "The NASA Scientific Balloon Program", organized by IPN and UNAM, the researcher of the Aerospace Development Center (CDA) of the IPN, Mario Alberto Mendoza Barcenas, said that the office of the NASA Scientific Balloon Program is responsible for 10 to 15 missions per year, which are launched from bases located in New Zealand,  Antarctica, Sweden and the United States.

 The recent participations of the IPN, in which specialists from the UNAM collaborated, under NASA coordination have been, the first in 2019, with the EMIDSS-1 module (Experimental Module for Iterative Desing for Satellite Subsystems version 1), and the second, on June 8, 2021 with the EMIDSS-2 module, missions that allowed progress in the validation of scientific research instruments,  to measure atmospheric variables (air temperature, humidity, magnetic field and atmospheric pressure).

As part of her participation at the keynote speech on scientific balloon missions, the head of NASA's Scientific Balloon Program, Debora A. Fairbrother, said the program aims to enable the discovery, through scientific balloon flights, of scientific opportunities for NASA focused on technological development and educational research.

 During her presentation, she described the infrastructure of the program, detailing each of the stages that make up a suborbital mission and explained the cooperation possibilities of academic groups for the development of future scientific or technological experiments.

 In turn, the academic of the UNAM´s Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (ICAT), Rafael Prieto Melendez, highlighted that in recent years ICAT has collaborated with the IPN´s Aerospace Development Center (CDA), in the development of scientific instrumentation for aerospace applications, adding that "since the time of the sixties, the NASA Scientific Balloon Program has fulfilled the mission of supporting educational institutions and the industry, to bring important scientific experiments aboard balloon-driven platforms into the earth's stratosphere."

 It should be noted that the meeting, which took place virtually, was coordinated by the UNAM´s Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology and the IPN´s Directorate of Dissemination of Science and Technology, transmitted through their corresponding electronic platforms, represented a milestone of collaboration of scientific dissemination between the main Mexico´s universities.