Commercial space travel studies start in UTEP


POSTED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 4:40pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 29, 2013 - 9:15pm

The University of Texas at El Paso will play an important role in the future possibility of expanding commercial space traveling for the public, the agreement signed this morning will allow collaborative research of aerospace.

"It was impossible to do the experiment in Japan so we collaborated with UTEP to develop a new rocket” Kyushu Institute of Technology president Dr. Morio Matsunaga said.

"It’s enormously important for us that we become a part of a global context and certainly a relationship like this affords our students and faculty an opportunity to collaborate with colleagues faraway" UTEP president said.

Both institutions say this effort is unique and historic since Japanese students will be developing the technology while UTEP students will be putting it together

"Universities do not conduct such kind of development program by developing an actual vehicle which final goal is to go to space" Kyushu professor Koicai Yonemoto said.

Students will work with recognized organizations like the Japanese aerospace exploration and NASA.

"It’s a great opportunity that us as UTEP students get to go and experience something that not a lot of people do" student Israel López said.

Utep's engineering dean says that even though affordable commercial space traveling is still far from becoming a reality, these research projects will make a difference.

"we're still probably a decade or two from normal kind of commercial space flight and that’s why we're working on this right now and that's why its happening in universities, there a lot of research that need to be done and we need to develop the workforce" Dr. Richard Schoephoerster said.

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