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08/05/2017 - 19:34hs

Brazilian satellite to reach destination on Saturday

A rocket carrying the device was launched last week from the French Guyana. The goal is to increase broadband availability in Brazil.

Brasília – The Brazilian satellite launched last week should reach its final position on Saturday (13). The equipment is now going around the world for the third time. It will circle the planet another four times before arriving at the correct location, where it will remain for 18 years. The president of Brazil’s state-run broadband provider Telebras, Antonio Loss, said that all steps following the launch were completed successfully, including the deployment of the solar panels that will power the satellite, and the sending of the first telemetry signals.

The rocket that carried the satellite to space was launched out of the French Guyana last Thursday (4). The 5.8 ton, 5 meter tall satellite will be stationed 36,000 km from the surface of the Earth, and it will cover the entire Brazilian territory and the Atlantic Ocean. It will be tasked with strategic government communication and with increasing broadband availability in the country, particularly in remote areas.

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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