Brazil to launch 3 new satellites in coming years [Global Data Point]
(Global Data Point Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Brazilian government plans to launch three geostationary satellites for military and strategic communication use the next 13 years. The first satellite, which is already under negotiation, should go into operation in mid-2016. The president of state-owned telecommunications provider Telebras, Caio Bonilha, and the advisor to the Ministry of Defense Edwin da Costa declared that the goal is to launch a new satellite every five years. As the satellite has a life span of 15 years, a fourth satellite will be launched to replace the first, which should be in orbit by 2031. The first geostationary satellite will be built by Thales Alenia and launched by Arianespace. Once launched, the satellite will be operated by Telebras, which will be in charge of the civil system (in the Ka-band ), while the Ministry of Defense will be responsible for the military system (in X-band ). To increase the safety of operation of the satellite, the two control stations of the equipment will be located inside military installations in Brazil. According to Bonilha, the new satellite will have three coverage areas: one national, one regional - to cover virtually the entire Atlantic Ocean, part of the Pacific Ocean and South and Central America, and a third mobile one.
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