2022 Miner of the Year Award – Victor Hespanha

First Brazilian civilian in area, Victor Espanha, needs to return: ‘I loved it a lot’ (Photo: Pdua de Carvalho/Encontro)

The “proper there” of the miners must be exaggerated a bit. In reality, 1000’s of kilometers. When Belo Horizonte native Victor Hespanha was drawn to area adventures, the information in Minas Gerais and throughout Brazil turned to the younger 28-12 months-outdated civil manufacturing engineer. It all began when Victor, a tech fanatic, bought an NFT (Non-Fungible Token). “I’ve all the time loved assembly folks and studying about new companies and new potentialities,” he mentioned. Based on this curiosity, he had the alternative to make a journey that just one Brazilian had ever taken. Destination: alien planet.


  • Victor Correa Spain, 28 years outdated
  • Married
  • Civil Production Engineer. First Brazilian civilian in area.
Investing a complete of R$12,000, Victor was fortunate sufficient to have an expertise that made him really feel like a special particular person. After all, is it potential to depart Earth and keep the similar? At first, feelings dominated the thoughts and coronary heart of the first cryptocurrency astronaut in historical past. However, over time, he realized that he might use his expertise to do one thing for society. The visibility and entry to researchers from billionaire Jeff Bezos’ firm Blue Origin gave the miner the probability to speak to folks from round the world. From all these connections, Victor arose the dream of selling actions in Minas Gerais and Brazil that advance the use of know-how to create progress and options. This doesn’t imply that rockets will begin flying out of Praça Sete. However, Victor assured that the know-how could possibly be very helpful throughout the nation. For instance, in agribusiness, one of the important manufacturing sectors of the nation referred to as the breadbasket of the world, the use of drones and satellites contributes lots. He argues that with out the use of these applied sciences, the nation would produce a lot lower than it does now. However, there may be all the time room for enchancment.

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Victor did not want to alter careers to satisfy these needs. Throughout his established profession at BH, he has labored on new enterprise and enlargement initiatives. The objective was to mix data with the new universe he had solely been uncovered to 6 months earlier. He claimed that he additionally had goals of ascension. He needs different Brazilians to have the same or extra thrilling expertise — if potential. This, he mentioned, is his “mission in life” going ahead. “Clearly authorities motion is vital, however society itself must be an agent of change, connecting and creating alternative.”

Victor mentioned that upon his return to the Minas Gerais state capital, he needed to reply unusual questions, akin to whether or not the Earth was actually spherical. The journey into area took simply over 10 minutes, however the craft reached an unbelievable velocity of 3,200 km/h and an altitude of 100 km. Once on the floor, the engineer already has the need to return to the outdoors world. According to him, “I did not play sufficient the first time”. However, there is just one place he guarantees he has all the time wished to return to: Belo Horizonte.

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