SpaceX Pays a Visit to Brazil

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Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) President José Raimundo Coelho with SpaceX Director of Business Development Stella Guillen. (Credit: AEB)

Brasilia, February 2, 2013 (AEB PR) — The president of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), José Raimundo Coelho, received the director of business for the American company SpaceX, Stella Guillen, on the morning of Monday (January 28).

Guillen came to Brazil to present SpaceX, to know the programs developed by the country, and to evaluate possible partnerships. “It is interesting to know more about what private companies are doing in the industry. We can learn from them and also envision future partnerships, “says the chairman of AEB.

After the visit to the AEB, Guillen gave a lecture to students and faculty at the University of Brasilia. Just this week, she visits the National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

SpaceX: The company was established in 2002 by Elon Musk, with the goal of providing space transportation for people and cargo, at a low cost. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California (USA), the company currently has 2,500 employees with two launch centers – one in Cape Canaveral, Fla., and one in Vandenberg, California – and a testing center located in Texas (USA).

In its ten years of existence, the company managed over $4 billion in contracts. Approximately 40% of its flights are conducted for the American Space Agency (NASA). The rest are commercial contracts.

In 2012, SpaceX made history as the first private equity firm in the world to send cargo to the International Space Station. According to Guillen, SpaceX is expected to grow 20% in 2013 alone.