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August 17-23, 2020 / Vol 39, No 33 / Hawai`i Island, USA

14 Aug 2020, 20:49 UTC
August 17-23, 2020 / Vol 39, No 33 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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South America Space Activity and Enterprise Advanced by International Collaboration

Space industry leaders are increasingly focused on the launch capacity and technical infrastructure of South America. The east / northeast coast offers a clear downrange and the most equatorial sites thus far developed for space access: Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana, and Alcantara Launch Center located in Brazil. Kourou saw 8 orbital launches in 2019 and 2 YTD in 2020, with a slate of current launches: return to flight is set for Aug 14 with Ariane 5 sending Galaxy 30, MEV-2 & BSAT-4B payloads to GTO; Vega-C rideshare variant inaugural flight Aug 24 with 53 payloads; and 14 other ESA launch attempts by year’s end. Alcantara is less utilized — while China and Germany have assisted Brazilian Space Agency (AEB) in building Earth observation satellites and sounding rockets, it now appears that USA is most interested in Alcantara. AEB with Secure World Foundation hosts online ‘Opportunities and Benefits in Space Resources Utilization’ Aug 19 to discuss the untapped potential of space resources — Brazil being a global leader in energy production and mining. Under U.S.- Brazil Technology Safeguards Agreement, cooperation is fostered with plans to bring USA ...

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