On 4 May, Visiona Space Technology announces the successful launch of the Brazilian Geostationary Defence and Strategic Communications Satellite (SGDC) at the Guyana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana. The SGDC should provide coverage of internet services throughout Brazil´s whole territory, as well as providing a secure and sovereign means for the strategic communications of the Brazilian government.
"With the launch of the SGDC, Visiona demonstrates its ability to execute and manage such a complex and important program for Brazil within the schedule, cost and performance contracted," Eduardo Bonini, President of Visiona, said. "The satellite meets or even exceeds the requirements of the Brazilian government and should promote the digital inclusion of millions of Brazilians as well as the security of government communications and the Armed Forces."
"The SGDC inaugurates a new era in the history of telecommunications in Brazil, because now we can take internet via satellite to 100% of the Brazilian territory, generating social and economic benefits. We will be illuminating Brazil, with broadband internet, generating social and digital inclusion in schools, hospitals, health posts and, above all, increasing the competitiveness of Brazil," Antonio Loss, President of Telebras, continued.
As a joint venture between Embraer and Telebras Visiona is responsible for the structuring and integration of the SGDC programme, acting among other activities in the improvement of requirements, selection and management of suppliers, validation of engineering reports, production monitoring and system tests required for mission success. For more than two years, Visiona engineers worked side by side with ThalesAlenia professionals in France in the development and production of the satellite under the technology absorption program, acquiring knowledge that will be fundamental to increase the Brazilian content of the future space programmes.