South Korean rocket is launched from Alcântara, MaranhãoSouth Korean rocket is launched from Alcântara, Maranhão

The rocket carried a payload developed 100% in Brazil by professionals from the Institute of Aeronautics and Space (IAE), with the support of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB)

Air Force Agency – Source: DCTA, by Lieutenant Carolina Redlich

A new chapter for the Brazilian Space Program began this Sunday (03/19), at 14:52, with the launching of the South Korean HANBIT-TLV rocket, number 500, from the Alcantara Launch Center (CLA). The vehicle carried on board a payload developed 100% in Brazil in a flight that lasted 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

The Chief of the Technical Subdepartment of the Department of Aerospace Science and Technology (DCTA), Brigadier Engineer Luciano Valentim Rechiuti, highlighted that the Operation, called Astrolabio, is the result of the partnership between DCTA and the South Korean company INNOSPACE and demonstrates the national capacity to develop space technologies and launch rockets.

“The success of this binational launch, involving Brazil and South Korea, ratifies that the Center is fully capable, both from a technical-operational and administrative point of view, to launch domestic and foreign rockets at almost any time of the year, with precision and safety. After all, the Center has specialized and highly qualified teams, as well as fully operational infrastructure and systems for preparation, launching and tracking,” he explained.

“We are extremely happy with the result, because it reflects the work of the many professionals involved and the many challenges overcome throughout the process,” said CLA’s Director, Colonel Engineer Fernando Benitez Leal.

The President of the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura, also celebrated the moment and emphasized that CLA was already conceived with the idea of housing not only our Space Program, but also other operators. “We have materialized the ideal from the 1980s, since we now have an international private operator working here, which opens the opportunity for Brazil to effectively insert itself in the international space transportation market,” he commented.

For DCTA’s Director-General, Air Lieutenant Brigadier Maurício Augusto Silveira de Medeiros, Operation Astrolabio showed Brazil and the world CLA’s capacity, which will be further expanded through the Alcântara Space Center (CEA).

“This launching broke a paradigm, because we will be able to have several commercial operations from the CEA, placing us among the space centers that are recognized worldwide and inserted in this huge market that is developing more and more each day, which is the space market. The launching of HANBIT-TLV and future partnerships will bring a series of benefits, because these are revenues that come to the city of Alcantara, to the state of Maranhão, and to Brazil,” he concluded.

Photos: Sergeant Frutuoso/DCTA – Video: Petty Officer Linares /DCTA and Sergeant Lucas Nunes /CECOMSAER
*** Translated by the DEFCONPress FYI Team ***

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