Brazilian Space Agency Issues Call for Companies Interested in launching From Alcantara

Launch trajectories from Alcantara (Credit: AEB)

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 Development Not Affected by Ukraine Turmoil

Cyclone-4 first and second stages. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)
Cyclone-4 first and second stages. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)

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.

Cyclone-4 payload fairing separation test. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)
Cyclone-4 payload fairing separation test. (Credit: Alcantara Cyclone Space)


Brazil Proposes Latin American Space Alliance

aeb_brazilBRASILIA, 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 Scales Back Launch Vehicle Plans

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

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.

SpaceX Pays a Visit to Brazil

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.


Brazilian Space Agency Gets New President

Brazilian Space Agency President José Raimundo Braga Coelho. (Credit: 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.


Alcantara Marks 29th Year, Looks Forward to Orbital Launches

ALCÂNTARA (March 6, 2012 — State of Maranhão PR) — The 29 years of foundation of the Alcantara Launch Center, in Maranhão, yesterday, were marked by priorities to be implemented this year: the completion of the process of technological modernization, eight campaigns rocket launches entry-level intermediary, the operation of the Tower Mobile Integration (TMI) and the first ground test of the Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV).

The anniversary ceremony was attended by the deputy governor of Maranhão, Washington Oliveira, Senator Edison Lobão Filho and the President of the Legislative Assembly of Maranhao, Arnaldo Melo, who have been awarded the title of Friend of the Alcantara Launch Center, a recognition of the personalities that CLA, in the context of their professional duties, have contributed to the success of the Brazilian Space Program.


High-Level Argentine Delegation to Visit Brazil’s Alcantara Launch Center

By José Monserrat Filho
Head of International Cooperation Cooperation
Brazilian Space Agency (AEB)

On Thursday, March 15, a high-level delegation of Argentina will visit the Alcantara Launch Center (CLA) in Maranhao, considered one of the most privileged of the world space launch insurance, economic and competitive.

The tour meets at the invitation, in 2011, then President of the Brazilian Space Agency, Marco Antonio Raupp, now Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, during a meeting at the Foreign Ministry on cooperation between the two countries for the peaceful uses of outer space.


Brazilian Space Agency President to Lead Ministry of Science

Marco Antonio Raupp

Brazilian Space Agency President Marco Antonio Raupp has been appointed by President Rousseff to take over the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. He succeeds Aloizio Mercadante, whom the president appointed to head the Ministry of Education. The former education minister, Fernando Haddad, left to run for mayor of Sao Paolo.

“I consider an honor and a challenge the new mission that is entrusted to me,” Raupp said in a statement. “I am absolutely aware of the unprecedented demand for science, technology and innovation make a vital contribution to social and economic development of Brazil.


Brazil Sends Students to Study Rocketry in Ukraine

Editor’s Note: Brazil took a small, but significant, step this month in building up its domestic space capability by sending 10 aerospace engineering students to study in Ukraine.

The two nations are working on a joint project to launch the Ukrainian Cyclone-4 rocket from Brazil’s Alcantara Launch Center.

The foreign exchange program is part of a much larger national program, Science Without Borders, that aims to educate scientists, engineers, technicians and others overseas to build up Brazil’s technical capabilities and competitiveness.

A report from the Brazilian Space Agency on the aerospace education exchange follows after the break.


Brazil to Boost Space Budget

The Gazeta do Povo reports on plans by the Dilma government to significantly increase space spending in Brazil, a boost that will allow for the launching of two new rockets:

The Brazilian Space Program will receive $ 2.1 billion federal investment over the next four years. Among the main goals are to launch four satellites and the construction of a rocket. Resources are provided in the Plan (PPA) from 2012-2015 and have the objective of restructuring the country’s space policy. Experts said the reorganization of the sector is strategic and can generate a leap of technological development in Brazil…In 2010, the budget was $ 300 million.


Brazil, Japan to Cooperate on Micro- and Nanosats

AEB PR — A Japanese delegation comprising representatives of the embassy, ​​academia and research was received yesterday (21/09), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the director of the Satellite, Applications and Development (Dsad) Thyrso Villela, and the chief Advisor for International Cooperation (ACI), José Montserrat Filho. The main theme of the meeting was the possibility of joint development of micro / nanosatellites.

According to the Japanese delegation miniaturization of satellites is already a worldwide trend in two respects. The first is the low cost of manufacture. While the medium-large can cost anywhere from $ 200 to $ 500 million, small businesses are in the range of $ 2 to $ 5 million, which represents one-hundredth the price.


VLS-1 Launch Complex Readied at Alcantara

IAE PR — System Platform Release VLS-1 (SISPLAT) is nearing completion at the Alcantara Launch Center (CLA). The panels are already physically installed, the installed lighting, cameras installed Closed Circuit TV system, air conditioning and pressurization installed, Detection and Alarm Fire Fighting in the final stage, a protection system against lightning strikes in the final stage. According to the schedule of the Consortium JARAGUÁ / LAVITTA, will start next October to start tweaking and testing the installation of the automation system.

These activities will take place until late December or early January 2012. Concluded this phase is planned to integrate the mock-up (MIR), to receive the final piece in the months of March and April. This integration is only possible in March because it is the same mock-up that is in separation tests.

Alcântara: The Spaceport of the Future?

Charles de Gaulle -- not one of Brazil's biggest fans.

“Brazil is the country of the future…and always will be.”

So wryly observed Charles de Gaulle decades ago, marveling at how South America’s largest country, blessed with enormous resources and an industrious population, was forever failing to live up to enormous potential.

Brazil seems to be on the verge of ending that cycle. Economic and political reforms of the past decade have put the nation firmly on the path to becoming a regional and global power. During the next five years, Brazil will shine on the global stage as it hosts two of the world’s greatest sporting events, the Summer Olympics and the soccer World Cup.

And yet amid the optimism, the nation’s future is clouded by a lack of trained workers, a critical shortage of investments in key areas, and an often disorganized government. Nowhere are these shortcomings more apparent than in the nation’s space program and, in particular, its efforts to turn its sleepy Alcântara Launch Center into a world-class spaceport.


Frustrated Brazilian Space Research Director Stepping Down

The director of Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), Gilberto Câmara, has announced that he will step down from his post later this year, about two years before the end of his term.

“I left the space agency is due to the exhaustion caused by the daily struggle with legislation and institutional structures totally inadequate to institutions of S & T. Adding to the frustration at the lack of renewal of the staff by INPE,” Câmara said in a statement.

The newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo attributes Câmara’s decision to “differences with the leadership of the Brazilian space program and a break with the president of the AEB (Brazilian Space Agency), Marco Antonio Raupp” over the future of a joint rocket project with Ukraine and a proposed merger of AEB and INPE.