Buenos Aires, Jan. 4 (EFE). – Emiliano “Depo” Martínez’s experience goes beyond the field: At the moment, the Aston Villa and Argentina goalkeeper is circling the planet.
However, it takes the form of a miniature satellite (picosatellite) created by InnovaSpace, a technology company from Mar del Plata that has honored the world champion by naming one of its latest creations after him.
As the company said in a statement on Wednesday, the device was launched this Tuesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida (USA), via SpaceX, traveling in the Space Launcher’s Orbiter SN1 transport vehicle.
The 30-year-old goalkeeper, a native of the coastal city of Mar del Plata, isn’t alone on this journey: “Depo” was catapulted into space with Juana Azurduy, a satellite in memory of the Upper Peruvian patriot who fought in the Spanish-American Wars of Independence.
“We are very happy to announce that SpaceX Transporter 6 launched successfully yesterday, bringing our Innova Space Satellite to glory: Juana Azurduy and ‘Dibu’ Martínez. Both are in orbit as expected, and will only be deployed in 7 days.” This was stated by Alejandro Cordero, CEO of Innova Space, in data collected by the entity.
Both devices, which will be used for communication purposes in different fields, such as agriculture, mining and oil, have dimensions of 10 x 10 x 5 cm and weigh 500 grams, and their arrival in space marks a “historic milestone” for the company from Mar del Plata.
“This second mission is a validation of the platform and allows us to advance and make improvements in building 4 and 6 more satellites,” said Cordero, who is confident that by the beginning of 2024 they will be ready to place about 90 pico satellites. In orbit, which will form the constellation “Liberators of America”.
This satellite honor is added to the other awards that “Depo” Martinez has received since Argentina won the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, a tournament in which he was named the best goalkeeper, especially for his performance in the penalty shootout against the Netherlands (quarter-final). ). final) and France (final). EFE
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