- Perfect Launching, Anticipated Orbit and Long Life
of the launching of Ariane 3 Rocket, on February 8, allied
to the competence of the technicians at the Satellite System
Operations Center, in Guaratiba, anticipated the entrance
of the Brasilsat in its definite orbit. This, consequently,
allows economy of fuel, increasing the utile life of the
satellite. The mission's success was feasted in all Embratel.
at 20 hours and 22 minutes, the forecasted hour - of February
8th, Brasilsat, the first Brazilian Telecommunications
was launched on board of the French rocket Ariane 3. The
launching was perfect and when Ariane crossed the sky, coloring
it red, and an expectation period started. All over the
Country people were praying for the success of the mission.
20 minutes later, when Brasilsat was ejected , the tension
diminished and all could breath easily. In Kouru, in Brasília,
in Rio, and all branches of Embratel, the employees, authorities
and invitees were commemorating intensively the perfect trajectory
of our satellite.
Operations Center, in Guaratiba, the movement started at
20.47h, after the confirmation of the launching of Brasilsat,
when the experts in service could follow its trajectory
through the information sent in by other stations. Thanks
to its efficiency, Brasilsat was placed in its definite
orbit (geostationary) at 12:34h, that is, 24 hours after
its launching, and 3 days prior to the expected date.
54 Brazilian experts and 53 Canadian and American ones that
have been working in the Brasilsat project, it was the operator
Soraya Bittencourt the one to press the button to start
the apogee motor of the satellite to take it to its definite
orbit. These 3 days represent a large economy, once the
term of utile life of the Brasilsat is conditioned to the
controlled use of the fuel it carries to correct its orbit
whenever necessary. The fact of the motor being fired
prior to the expected time date may mean one or two more
years of utile life for our satellite. It may now have a
10 years life period, while the previous expectation was
from 8 to 9 years.