Ad Astra, Costa Rica Sign Deal on Hydrogen Fuel Development

From left to right: Dr. Franklin Chang Díaz, CEO of Ad Astra Rocket Company, Dr. René Castro, Minister of Environment and Energy, Dr. Alfio Piva, First Vice President of Costa Rica (as agreement witness), Jorge Villalobos, RECOPE’s CEO and Dr. José Zaglul, president of EARTH University, sign the cooperation agreements at Ad Astra Rocket facilities in Liberia, Costa Rica.

Liberia, Costa Rica (Ad Astra PR) — Ad Astra Rocket Company, Costa Rica, along with Costa Rica’s government owned oil refinery “Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo” (RECOPE), EARTH University and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications (MINAET), signed today two agreements related to research and development of technologies based on the use hydrogen as an alternative fuel.


Charlie Bolden’s Latin American Tour

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden

In case you are wondering what Charlie Bolden is up to these days (and I know you are), the NASA chief is on a four-nation outreach visit to Latin America this week that is taking him to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Costa Rica.  The trip is apparently a follow-up to an earlier visit to the region by President Barack Obama, according to press reports.

On Monday, Bolden met with Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno in Santiago to discuss bilateral scientific cooperation and consulted with members of the Chilean Space Agency (ACE). Cooperative efforts discussed included programs to measure the movement of ice and to prevent geological hazards. The testing of Mars surface vehicles in the Atacama Desert was also on the agenda.

Moreno also thanked Bolden for NASA’s assistance in helping to rescue 33 trapped miners last year.

Bolden will be in Brazil on Thursday, where he will to sign a joint cooperative agreement on the Global Precipitation Measurements program that focuses on collecting international rainfall data.

Chang-Diaz Sees VASIMR as Boosting Costa Rican Space Industry

Former Astronaut Chang Said Costa Rican Should Insert Itself In Aerospace Development
Inside Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s own former NASA astronaut, Franklin Chang-Diaz, feels that Costa Rican businesses should take advantage of the aerospace technology that is ripe for local businesses to be involved in a field with enormous possibilities.