First of 3 Defense-Comm. satellites to be launched March 21st


    On  Tuesday (March 21) the Brazilian Geostationary Defense and Communications Satellite (SGDC-1) will be launched from the Guyana Space Center in Kourou.

    The satellite will allow the expansion of high-performance internet coverage, under Telebrás’ National Broadband Plan (PNBL), and will bring  independence and security to Brazil’s strategic communications, particularly those related to National Defense. The control of the equipment will be entirely of the Brazilian Government.

    The SGDC-1 project is led by the consortium Visiona, made up of Embraer and Telebrás. In the scope of the project, an international bidding was held, won by the Franco-Italian company Thales Alenia Space, whose central aspect was the transfer of technology.

    More than fifty Brazilian technicians and engineers were trained during the development process of the SGDC-1, whose production chain counted on Brazilian companies. By the end of the project, a total of three satellites will be launched, the last of which will be entirely manufactured in Brazil.

    Working together to launch the SGDC-1 is another important step in the Strategic Partnership between Brazil and France, which has contributed positively to national development through the exchange of technologies and information in strategic areas such as space, defense and supercomputing .

    Business Plan

    The Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV) will work to verify the planning and monitoring of the implementation of the business plan of the Brazilian Geostationary Satellite Defense and Strategic Communications (SGDC). The institution was hired without bidding by Telebras for R $ 3.1 million (around $ 1 million).

    The proposal for the sale of the satellite capacity of Telebras is in public consultation until March 21 and provides for the transfer of 45 Gbps of the 56 Gbps of capacity in Ka band of the satellite for private companies. The sale of capacity will be at the highest price and without coverage or service value goals, other than the mention that they must comply with the National Broadband Plan (PNBL).

    The satellite, as already said, will be launched on the 21st of this month, but the bidding of the three lots of the Ka band should happen in April.