Can Alcântara Compete Against Kourou?

Author: Ricardo Tavares
Published: 2019-05-27

Twenty-years ago Brazil signed a space-technology safeguard agreement (TSA) with the United States.  It was intended to be a preamble for American companies to launch satellites from Brazil’s Alcântara Space Center, well-positioned at 2.3 degrees south of the Equator where heavy loads can be lifted off with fuel savings and better angles.  The agreement went for approval in the Brazilian …