Panama could consider the creation of a space agency and a satellite launch center if it concretes, through scientific diplomacy, alliances with other countries, said the scientist of the effects of Climate Change of the US National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA), Erika Podest.
The expert who participated in the launching of the Strategy of Scientific, Technological and Innovation Diplomacy, in the Panamanian capital, said that the country has great potential and opportunities to have academic institutions that conduct research and develop technology.
"With Panama integration could be considered the creation of a Panamanian space agency and a satellite launch center with the ideal location near the equator," said the Panamanian expert.
He argued that through scientific diplomacy, this capacity could be used to increase their scientific competitiveness, and technology development, which together with other nations that have greater development could connect them.
Although he added that Panama needs more disclosure and incentives for scientific organizations and institutions, to convert them into a platform for the development of advanced space technology and aspire
to similar missions.
Podest said that NASA is developing satellites with countries that are not as developed on this issue like Argentina and India.
"Nowadays, it is very popular to launch ‘nanosatellites’, specialized in terrestrial observation, which can be built in a short time of two to three years and at a low cost, which is an opportunity to start," the scientist emphasized.
The meeting attended by the expert, also involved representatives of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute of Panama, UN Environment and state agencies.