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Brazil satellite launch rescheduled for Wednesday

  • 20/03/2017 18h03publicação
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Sabrina Craide reports from Agência Brasil
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Acquired by Telebras, the piece of equipment will be used for the government's strategic communication and for expanding the country's broadband supply, especially in remote areasJosé Cruz/Agência Brasil

The launch of the Geostationary Satellite for Defense and Strategic Communication into space, which had been slated for tomorrow (Mar. 21), was rescheduled for Wednesday (22), due to a general strike in the French Guiana, where the operation is set to take place, according to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication. The launch window is to set to start at 5:31 pm and end at 8:20 pm, Brasília time.

This will be the first Brazilian geostationary satellite for civil and military use. Acquired by Telebras, the piece of equipment will be used for the government's strategic communication and for expanding the country's broadband supply, especially in remote areas. Approximately 30% of the satellite capacity will be used exclusively by the Armed Forces.

The satellite, 5.8 tons heavy and five meters tall, will be placed 36 thousand kilometers from the surface of the Earth, serving all of the Brazilian territory plus the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite is said to be capable of operating for 18 years.


Translated by Fabrício Ferreira

Edited by: Amanda Cieglinski / José Romildo