Command of Space
at 12:34h, when dozens of Brazilian and Canadian technicians
were accompanying the trajectory of the Arianne rocket, from
the Control Center at Pedra de Guaratiba (Rio de Janeiro),
the operator Soraya Bittencourt commanded, with total exit,
the firing of the "Apogee" motor, which placed the Brasilsat
at a distance of approximately 36 thousand kilometers of
the Earth. The team joyously celebrated the success of the
operation, but only from Tuesday on the Satellite will be
BRASILSAT, ALREADY IN ORBIT WILL BE OPERATING ONLY ON APRIL 1ST
of the Apogee motor, which freed the Brasilsat satellite
from Arianne II rocket occurred yesterday exactly at 12:34h,
at a distance of approximately 36,000 kilometers form Earth.
From this moment on the Satellite left its internal transfer
orbit and entered the circular unfolding orbit, around the
the operator Soraya Bittencourt, from the Embratel Control
Center, at Pedra de Guaratiba in Rio de Janeiro, who commanded
the starting of the motor, supplied with half a ton of solid
morning, the 54 Brazilian experts, as well as the 52 Canadian
and American ones who worked in the Brasilsat project could
not hide their joy with the success of the text. - Up to
now, everything is going well, said Eng. Ricardo Santos,
when explaining the work that was being done in the
Control Center. At that moment, all the attention of the
experts were turned to the small maneuvers that were indicating,
from 12:34h, how to define the final positioning of Brasilsat.
The operation will possibly continue until around 15h of
today, when the Satellite will reach its final position,
that is at 65% West of Longitude above the São Gabriel da
Cachoeira village in the Amazon region.
with Brasilsat already in the definite position, its
will be lifted, and the external solar panel will be lowered
and, in face of the coupling, it will have only 7 meters
of height. As of this Tuesday, it will be definitely stabilized
and, on April 10th will start working commercially, when
the Intelsat functions will be terminated, and this will
mean an economy of about US$7 million/year. Intelsat will
be operating only for international telecommunications.
by Eng Ricardo Santos, with the installation of Brasilsat,
EMBRATEL is already thinking about the installation of mobile
stations in several regions of the country, 90% of the material
to be used being of national production. These stations
will be similar to the one already in operation at the Fernando
de Noronha Island and the other 21 in the Amazon Region.
The Brasilsat satellite has 24 bridges and each one sends
a TV signal or up to 1,300 simultaneous telephone channels.