DCTA receives visit from Commander of US Southern CommandDCTA receives visit from Commander of US Southern Command

General Laura Richardson visited the projects developed by the Technological Institute of Aeronautics

Air Force Agency – DCTA, by Lt. Alessandra Borges

The Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), located in São Jose dos Campos (SP), received an institutional visit from the Commander of the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), General Laura Richardson, on May 21. The delegation was welcomed by the Vice-Director of DCTA, Major General David Almeida Alcoforado, for an institutional talk about DCTA’s mission to develop scientific and technological solutions in the field of Aerospace Power. The visit was attended by the Consul General of the United States of America, David Hodge, as well as the Vice-Rector of ITA, Professor Emilia Villani.

During his presentation, Major Brigadier David told us a little about the history of DCTA and the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), highlighting the Department’s mission to develop projects in the areas of Science, Technology and Innovation. The Deputy Director of the DCTA also stressed that the arrival of the US Southern Command is the result of partnerships developed over the years.

“We are making progress in specific areas that are relevant to all of us, such as space. Today, we have the opportunity to send representatives to work at the US Space Centers, while they also enjoy this benefit. Therefore, we see the arrival of the Southern Command as positive because of the importance not only for improving this partnership, but also for the opportunities that arise in terms of courses, training and mutual support. We have many capabilities that can be made available to the International Cooperation System,” said Major General David.

Professor Luís Eduardo Vergueiro Loures da Costa gave a lecture on the ITASAT-2 project, a constellation of three satellites designed to monitor Space Weather and geolocate Radio Frequency emissions on the ground and at sea. According to him, Space Weather is influenced by solar flares and causes interruptions to communications, GPS signals and power transmission on the ground, while Geolocation aims to locate non-cooperative vessels that invade the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Blue Amazon.

After the lecture, the delegation visited the ITA Space Center (CEI), whose objective is to provide space solutions to national problems in a fast, better and more accessible way, reducing international dependence in this area and valuing domestic resources. In addition, the CEI focuses on developing areas of knowledge linked to space activities that are still unexplored and essential for Brazil.

At the end of the visit, General Laura Richardson emphasized that it was an excellent opportunity to strengthen the partnerships already in place between the United States of America and Brazil.

“We are pleased because we have now built a more personal relationship with our leaders and had the opportunity to see first-hand the possibilities, in the short term, of a continued partnership, especially in the aerospace area,” said the Commander of US Southern Command.

Photos: DCTA *** Translated by DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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