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UPDATED: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus
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UPDATED: Costa Rica soon to unveil its first hydrogen-powered bus

Marco Sibaja / AFP - May 11, 2017

Costa Rica is close to launching its first hydrogen-fueled bus, a prototype that could usher in a new, clean transportation system that reduces the import of hydrocarbons.…

Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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Franklin Chang’s VASIMR plasma engine readies for key test

L. Arias - August 5, 2016

The VASIMR spacecraft engine that is the brainchild of Tico physicist Franklin Chang Díaz is one step closer to reality, Chang's company Ad Astra Rocket Company reported this week.…

Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology
Environment and Wildlife
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rica to host UN meeting on space technology

L. Arias - January 26, 2016

Costa Rica in March will host the workshop on Human Space Technology of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). The event will gather, for…

Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015
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Newsletter
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Photo of Tico astronaut Franklin Chang with Barack Obama among best White House pics of 2015

L. Arias - December 31, 2015

A photograph of Tico physicist, entrepreneur and former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz helping President Barack Obama move a sofa back in place in the Oval Office was chosen…

NASA selects Franklin Chang’s Ad Astra Rocket for $50 million contract
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Business
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NASA selects Franklin Chang’s Ad Astra Rocket for $50 million contract

L. Arias - September 24, 2015

Ad Astra Rocket, the company founded by Costa Rican scientist and ex-astronaut Franklin Chang Díaz, will develop space propulsion systems for a new NASA project, the company reported this…

Ex-NASA astronaut Franklin Chang talks about ‘The Martian,’ Hollywood’s take on his VASIMR engine
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Ex-NASA astronaut Franklin Chang talks about ‘The Martian,’ Hollywood’s take on his VASIMR engine

L. Arias - September 19, 2015

NASA's Hall of Fame astronaut and the first Tico in space, Franklin Chang Díaz, on Tuesday attended a special screening of director Ridley Scott’s new movie “The…

Ad Astra wins $10 million NASA contract for deep space rocket
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Business
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Ad Astra wins $10 million NASA contract for deep space rocket

The Tico Times - April 1, 2015

Ad Astra, the rocket company founded by Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang, announced a $10 million contract with NASA to develop deep-space propulsion technology. Spread out over…

Costa Rica’s Franklin Chang pushes space agenda in Washington
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Business
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Costa Rica’s Franklin Chang pushes space agenda in Washington

Larry Luxner - December 10, 2014

See also: A rocket landing in Tortuguero? WASHINGTON, D.C. – Costa Rican astronaut-turned-businessman Franklin Chang Díaz warns that NASA and the United States may get left behind…

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Tico astronaut Franklin Chang reaches first fundraising goal

L. Arias - August 6, 2013

“Success! We have just crushed our Kickstarter goal! Thanks to all who are supporting us.” That’s the message Tico astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz posted Monday night on…

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Tico astronaut Franklin Chang raises online funds for upcoming documentary film

L. Arias - July 14, 2013

Costa Rican astronaut and space engineer Franklin Chang this month launched an Internet campaign to raise money for a documentary film that explains how the plasma engine…