Brazil receives communications satellite

Brazil on 1 December formally received its SGDC (Satélite Geoestacionário de Defesa e Comunicações Estratégicas) communications satellite in Cannes, France.

The satellite is planned to be launched from Kourou in French Guyana in February or March 2017, and is expected to be operational by July 2017, Brazilian state-controlled Telebras (Telecomunicações do Brasil) told IHS Jane’s . Telebras is evaluating potentially buying additional satellites, it said.

Manufacturing of the satellite began in January 2014, after a contract was awarded to Thales Alenia Space (TAS) on 12 December 2013 by prime contractor Visiona Tecnologia Espacial (a joint venture of Embraer Defesa & Segurança and Telebras).


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