Firms with aerospace ties unite to seek work

A host of government agencies and some 25 firms in the electronics, metal working and specialized services businesses have joined to form an aerospace entity.

The entity, called the Costa Rica Aerospace Cluster, is designed to put the country on the map for industrial work related to space projects.

Among the firms, of course, is Ad Astra Rocket, the research company headed by Franklin Chang Díaz, the Costa Rica-U.S. astronaut.

The promotional organization, the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica, estimates that Costa Rica exported nearly $1.6 million in products associated with aerospace in 2015.

The idea grew out of a meeting two years ago, officials said.

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