Brazilian Space Agency Receives 14 Proposals for Use of Alcantara Spaceport

Alcantara Space Center

BRASILIA (AEB PR) — The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), an autarchy linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), informs that companies registered in the Public Call aimed at carrying out launch activities using the Alcântara Space Center (CEA) in Maranhão, you have until 5 pm (Brasília time), on August 31, 2020, to send your proposals for analysis. Altogether 14 companies signed up.

 The proposals will be verified by the Special Analysis Commission, formed by members of the AEB and the Air Force Command (COMAER). The commission was created through an act by the President of AEB, Carlos Moura. CEA may be used in launch operations from 2021.

 After analyzing the proposals, the Contractual Negotiation stage with the Air Force Command will begin, which will begin after the Issuance of the Operator License. The negotiations of the body of the contract will be carried out by representatives of COMAER, instituted by an act of the Chief of the Air Staff (EMAER). The contract will be signed between the licensed company and COMAER.

Launch trajectories from Alcantara (Credit: AEB)

 For more information on CEA’s Public Call and all stages of the hiring process, access:

https://www.gov.br/aeb/pt-br/programa-espacial-brasileiro/chamamento-publico-public-call/chamamento-publico-1

Alcântara Space Center

 The Alcântara Space Center consists of the set of goods and services used to launch non-military space vehicles in the national territory, providing the necessary infrastructure to support the specific activities of launch companies. This condition is necessary to enable the Brazilian insertion in the international and regional market in the space area.

In comparative terms, the Alcântara Space Center has unique characteristics such as the privileged location of the available sites, approximately 2º18 ‘south of the equator; proximity to the sea, which makes it possible to launch into polar and equatorial orbits; wide area for launch security; absence of earthquakes and hurricanes; low air traffic density; and ideal location for on-demand releases, among others.

Public Call

 Published in May 2020, the Public Call Notice aimed to identify companies, national or foreign, that are interested in carrying out suborbital and orbital launch operations using the Alcântara Space Center (CEA), as well as providing information about the contractual process, including the licensing and authorization processes for space launch.

 About AEB

 The Brazilian Space Agency is an autarchy linked to the MCTI, responsible for formulating, coordinating and executing the Brazilian Space Policy. Since its creation, on February 10, 1994, the Agency has worked to make the efforts of the Brazilian State to promote the well-being of society, through the sovereign employment of the space sector.