The tests on Brazil's communication and defense satellite began Saturday (May 13) as it reached its geostationary orbit. It will take an estimated 45 days to test the satellite systems.
According to state-owned corporation TELEBRAS (Telecomunicações Brasileiras S.A), the testing will cover all the systems, payload measurements, and verification that the satellite is in full condition to operate commercially.
The data sent and received by the satellite will be monitored from the Airspace Operations Command (COMAE) in Brasília and the Navy Radio Station in Rio. They will control the satellite after the calibration stage, which will be completed in June.
Beginning on July 1, TELEBRAS will carry out the first measurements of the satellite's power to broadcast data across all Brazilian regions. Part of its capacity will be leased for private businesses to provide broadband services, especially in remote regions, whereas TELEBRAS will retain the capacity it requires to provide health, education and citizen services.
The satellite will be used for strategic government communications and to expand broadband coverage in the country. The $873 million project is a collaboration between the Ministries of Defense and Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications.
Translated by Mayra Borges