FAB signs contract with Canadian company to launch space vehicles

An important step towards inserting Brazil into a restricted group of countries with the capacity to launch space vehicles. This Thursday (08/25), in Brasilia (DF), the ceremony took place to mark the signing of the contract between the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and the Canadian company C6. Incorporated launch systemsone of those selected to be operated at the Alcântara Space Center (CEA), in Maranhão.

The contract is a consequence of the Public Call Notice No. 02/2020 of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), dated May 22, 2020, and its objective is to make goods and services available for the launch of vehicles space, from zone 3 of Alcântara. Space Center, known as the Wind Profiler area.

The ceremony was presided over by the Commander of Aerospace Operations (COMAE), Air Lieutenant Brigadier Heraldo Luiz Rodrigues. General officers from the Air Force High Command also participated; General officers of the Air Force; the President of the Brazilian Space Agency, Colonel Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura, and representatives of C6 Launch Systems and Services of Brazil and, by video conference, the President and CEO of C6 Incorporated launch systemsRichard McCammon.

On this occasion, Brigadier Lieutenant Heraldo underlined the importance of signing the contract for Brazil’s effective entry into the space race. “Today, with the signing of this contract, a giant step has been taken towards exploration at the Alcântara Launch Center. At the same time, the Brazilian Space Agency collaborated with the Aeronautical Command to sign agreements allowing the commercial exploration of Alcântara,” he added.

Richard McCammon stressed that the partnership will have a positive impact on local and national economies. He also informed that the first launch is expected to take place in the first half of 2024. He also highlighted that the contract constitutes an important step that expands the cooperation and partnership between the Brazilian Air Force, the Brazilian Space Agency and other local agencies, by developing the space segment in Brazil.

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