Editor’s Note: This is intriguing press release from the Brazilian Space Agency about plans to conduct satellite launches from Alcantara Launch Center next year. The Atlantic coast spaceport, which is 2.2 degrees from the equator, has never hosted orbital launches despite several previous efforts over many decades that have come to naught.
It’s not clear what launch vehicle will be used. The press release mentions the Technological Safeguards Agreement with the United States that would allow U.S. satellites and launch vehicles to fly from Alcantara. A number of American launch companies have visited Alcantara to evaluate the spaceport.
Alcantara has always been the spaceport of the future. Maybe the future is now.
BRASILIA, Brazil (Brazilian Space Agency PR) — It is located in Alcântara, Maranhão, the largest space vehicle launch center in the country. Created 38 years ago, and having started operating in 1991, it is preparing to launch private launches from 2022. With the successful launch of the Brazilian satellite Amazonia 1, in India, Brazil confirms its ability to design, integrate and operate satellites and other state-of-the-art systems. Henceforth, depending on size and mass, satellites may be launched from the Alcântara Space Center (CEA).
BRASILIA (Brazilian Space Agency PR) — It is a consultation with society regarding the proposal for a National Space Policy, to be established by presidential decree.
A country’s competence in space activities is a strategic asset that generates significant focus for national and international investments. An increasing number of nations, including developing ones, have invested in their space programs to assert their sovereignty, to increase national security and economic and social development through the use of space systems.
The president of Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) said on Sunday that Brazil plans a launch a domestically-produced orbital rocket within two years, according to a news release on the agency’s website.
“We are working on the development of a more powerful engine, which is the S50, a project carried out in partnership with the national industry in São José dos Campos (SP). It incorporates a number of technological advances. We intend to start testing the engine in 2021 and make it fly by 2022,” Carlos Moura said.
Moura said launching a satellite into orbit on a Brazilian rocket from Brazilian soil is the space agency’s biggest challenge.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AEB PR) — The space sector was included among the guidelines and priorities for the applications of the Constitutional Fund for Financing in the Northeast (FNE) 2021. Administered by Banco do Nordeste, the special financing line will be important for the installation of companies in the space sector in the Alcântara region, in Maranhão.
The indication for the allocation of resources was made possible after the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), an autarchy linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), and the Northeast Development Superintendence (SUDENE) discussed the importance of including the space sector among the strategic areas to receive investments in 2021. Which will have an impact on the promotion and development of the Northeast region in the coming years.
BRASILIA (AEB PR) — The Minister of State for Science, Technology and Innovations, Marcos Pontes, the President of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Carlos Moura conducted, on Wednesday (09/02), the first Meeting of the Integrated Development Commission for the Alcântara Space Center (CDI-CEA).
Also participating in the meeting were the Director of Space Policy and Strategic Investments of AEB, Cristiano Trein, and representatives of the Ministry of Defense (MD), the Ministry of Infrastructure (Minfra), the Ministry of Regional Development (MDR), the Security Office Institutional of the Presidency of the Republic (GSI / PR), of the General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic (SGPR), of the Air Force Command (COMAER) and of the Advocacy – General of the Union.
BRASILIA (AEB PR) — The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), an autarchy linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (MCTI), starts from Tuesday (09/01), the evaluation of the proposals sent by the 11 companies interested in carrying out launch activities employing the Alcântara Space Center (CEA) in Maranhão (MA).
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.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AEB PR) — The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), a government agency linked to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), with the purpose of promoting the development of space activities of national interest, launches a public call to identify companies, national and international, that are interested in carrying out orbital and suborbital launch operations, using the Alcantara Space Center (CEA), in Maranhão State.
Cyclone-4 Project Status Update Via Alcantara Cyclone Space
The current events in Ukraine have not impacted the Cyclone-4 Project development. Currently, the Launch Vehicle development is progressing as scheduled, and it will be ready for delivery to Alcantara in the second half of 2015.
BRASILIA, Brazil (AEB PR) — The Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) recently proposed in Bogotá, Colombia, the creation of a Latin American Alliance of Space Agencies (ALAS).
The proposal was presented by the head of the Office of International Cooperation, José Monserrat Filho, who was in the country to attend the preparatory meeting of space agencies and commissions in Latin America, the Sergio Arboleda University, and the International Workshop on Space Law and Sovereignty, promoted the Colombian Space Commission, linked to the vice-presidency of the Republic and the Colombian Air Force.
Brazil has come out with a new strategic plan to guide its space efforts through 2021 that involves a significant change in its effort to develop a domestic satellite launch industry.
Brazil has scaled back an ambitious Southern Cross development program to focus on a series of smaller launch vehicles that appear to rely more on home-grown technology. The country also has forged a cooperative arrangement with Germany to develop a dedicated micro-satellite launch vehicle. Meanwhile, Brazil is continuing work on launching Ukraine’s Cyclone-4 rocket from the Alcantara Launch Center in 2014. (more…)
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.
AEB PR — The mathematician José Raimundo Braga Coelho was named president of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB). The decree of appointment, signed by President Roussef, was published in today’s Official Gazette (DOU).
Following is the first declaration of the new president:
“My first words are addressed to the President Rousseff. I am grateful to His Excellency for the confidence placed in me, as I offer the unique opportunity of presiding over the Brazilian Space Agency, the main executing agency of our space policy, an indispensable part of the historic national effort to sustainable development with a strong and unprecedented social inclusion that Brazil is – fortunately – engaged for several years.