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Brazil to order second dual civil-military communications satellite

10 Apr 2019, 16:32 UTC
Brazil to order second dual civil-military communications satellite
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COLORADO SPRINGS — The Brazilian government is planning to purchase a second satellite for military and civil communications.
Brazilian Air Force Executive Vice President Maj. Gen. José Vagner Vital, said the nation’s military wants to have a backup for the Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite, SGDC-1.
“We need always to have some kind of redundancy in X-band,” Vital said referring to the SGDC-1’s military payload. “This means that sometimes we can buy some more capability to have some redundancy, and we are planning to launch a second satellite, hopefully in 2022. It will be SGDC-2.”
SGDC-1 launched in May 2017 on an Ariane 5 rocket. The satellite carries seven X-band transponders for military communications, and 50 Ka-band transponders for broadband services to schools, hospitals and other facilities in remote parts of Brazil.
Vital, in an interview at the 35th Space Symposium here, said SGDC-2 would also have a Ka-band payload, and, depending on the Brazilian budget, an ultra-high-frequency payload. He said current plans for SGDC-2 include feeder links in Q- and V-band, two types of spectrum satellite operators are beginning to adopt.
Vital said SGDC-2 will have an open procurement for the world’s satellite manufacturers, but ...

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