Federal Senate Approves Brazil – United States Technology Safeguards Agreement for Alcantara Launches2 Dec 2019, 19:18 UTC
Alcantara Space Center
BRASILIA (Brazilian Space Agency PR) — The Senate Plenary approved on Tuesday (12.11) the Technological Safeguards Agreement (AST) signed between Brazil and the United States. AST ensures the protection of US technologies used in non-warfare rocket and satellite embedded components to be launched from the Alcântara Space Center (CEA), enabling commercial use of the Center.
With the approval of the AST, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications (MCTIC), through the Brazilian Space Agency and the Ministry of Defense, will move to the next phase of the project, which includes the preparation of the commercial operations plan of the CEA. Launches are expected to begin in 2021.
The other scope of this phase is dialogue with government, the community and other local actors to plan the improvement of the region’s infrastructure around the Alcântara Space Center. Minister Marcos Pontes accompanied the approval of the matter in the Plenary and stressed that the communities in the region will benefit from the implementation of the Center.
“The agreement affects these quilombola communities in a very positive way. We want that region to be integrated into the operation of the center in a way that brings social and economic ...