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Jun 25, 2013 by Richard Tomkins(UPI)


Cannes, France  - Brazilian Air Force personnel have completed training in France on operating the South American country's future military communications satellite.


The satellite, being built by Thales Alenia Space, is scheduled for launch in 2016 by Ariane Space.


The course involved instruction on systems that involve planning, design, construction, operation, and validation of space systems, the Brazilian military said.


In addition to the 2016 satellite, Brazil is to operate a military remote-sensing satellite constellation from 2018.


"We are participating in the construction of the satellites, and improving our knowledge of their operation, as we prepare for the next stage of the Strategic Program for Space Systems," said Lt. Col. Helcio Vieira Jr,, head of the Space Operations Center Principal Core, the air force unit that will operate all Brazilian military satellites.


The satellite to be launched in 2016 will serve the needs of Brazil's National Broadband Plan and will provide wide-area strategic communications in both civilian and military/government spheres. New capabilities as a result of the satellite include increased military communications capabilities in support of the SISFRON land border monitoring system, among others.

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Brazil Picks Thales, Arianespace for Satellite Contract

December 1, 2013 defense-aerospace.com

(Source: Embraer S.A.; issued November 28, 2013)


Embraer: Geostationary Satellite Will Ensure the Security of Brazilian Communications


SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil --- Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. and Telebras formally signed a contract, today (November 28), to supply the Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) system.


The R$ 1.3 billion contract provides for the system to be delivered by the end of 2016. The project involves the Ministries of Communications, of Defense, and of Science and Technology. The satellite will be operated by Telebras on the K (civilian) band and by the Ministry of Defense on the X (military) band.


Visiona is a joint venture of Embraer and Telebras and will be responsible for integration the SGDC system, which will expand broadband internet access in remote regions of the country, through the National Broadband Program (PNBL) and ensure Brazil's sovereignty over the communications of its Armed Forces. After the signing of the contract, Visiona will formalize the hiring of suppliers and will begin developing and integrating the system.


The selected companies are Thales Alenia Space (TAS) to supply the satellite and Ariane Space to launch the device. The contract with suppliers also provides for the transfer of technology to Brazilian companies, and that task will be supervised by the Brazilian National Space Agency (AEB).


"The SGDC system not only will meet the needs of Telebras' National Broadband Program (PNBL) and the strategic communications of the Brazilian Armed Forces, but it is also an opportunity for Brazil to ensure the sovereignty of its strategic communications in both the civilian and military areas," explains Telebras President Caio Bonilha.


"We are honored to have been chosen to supply a system so important to the country," states Visiona President Nelson Salgado. "We trust that this program represents the beginning of a long-term relationship, by establishing a Brazilian space systems integration company, similar to what Embraer represents for the aeronautical and defense segments."


The SGDC system will also provide full security for the strategic communications of the government, as well as military communications, because it will be controlled in Brazil at stations that are located in military areas, under the coordination of Telebras and the Ministry of Defense.


The acquisition of its own satellite for Brazilian civilian and military communications is a strategic decision for ensuring the nation's sovereignty. The satellites that currently provide services to Brazil are either controlled by stations outside of the country or the attitude control is in the hands of companies run by foreign capital. In either of the cases there are risks of interrupted services, in situations of international conflict or due to the political or economic interests of others.



A Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras S. A. (TELEBRAS) is a public and private joint stock company, which provides strategic telecommunications solutions to the Public Administration and market, acting as an agent for local development and fomenting democratic access to information.


Visiona Tecnologia Espacial S.A. is a company of the Embraer and Telebras groups, founded for the initial objective of integrating the Defense and Strategic Communications Geostationary Satellite (SGDC) system of the Brazilian government. Visiona also has the purpose of being a satellite integrating company, focusing on the demands of the National Space Activities Program (PNAE/AEB) and of the Strategic Space Systems Program (PESE/FAB).

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