Brazil Space Program to Get Greater Funding

The work on revisions in the Brazilian space program for the next ten years was concluded at a meeting in the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), where the amount of funds needed for its execution was defined.

The projections point to an annual figure of US$ 200 million, considered “ambitious but feasible” by the president of the AEB, Sérgio Gaudenzi.


The space program should count on around US$ 100 million this year, “but there is the possibility of an increase,” he said.


Gaudenzi emphasizes that, with a budget on the order of US$ 200 million, the technological distance separating Brazil from the countries capable of space exploration should be reduced, especially when it comes to the successful launching of the country’s own space objects.


VLS-1 by 2006


The National Space Activities Program (PNAE) has strategic value for the country’s development, and it is important for it to be publicized, so that the population can understand how the life of ordinary citizens can be affected by its implantation, affirmed last month the Minister of Science and Technology, Eduardo Campos.


According to Campos, oversight of the Amazon, weather prediction, and national security policy can be improved through the space program.


The PNAE operates in the area of training in space systems, backs up Brazil’s participation in the International Space Station, provides research incentives, and encourages the transfer of space technology to other productive sectors.


The program is planned to span a period of ten years, with periodic revisions.


The current version covers the period 1998-2007 and is organized in seven sub-programs: Space Applications, Satellites and Functional Cargo, Launch Vehicles, Infrastructure, Research and Development, Human Resource Training, and Development of National Industrial Capacity.


The Minister pointed out that international technical cooperation agreements are being negotiated for the reconstruction of the launching tower in Alcântara, in Northeast Brazil, and for the launching of the fourth prototype of the VLS-1 missile in 2006.


“Brazil is once again investing in the program at one of the most favorable moments in the past 30 years. In 2005 we shall have one of the best years in terms of investments since the implantation of the program in Brazil,” he concluded.


Translation: David Silberstein
Agência Brasil

Tags:

  • Show Comments (3)

  • Guest

    I rather see private brazilian investmen
    Debt is not something that Brazil needs. Debt doesn’t help nations grow, they keep them down.

  • Guest

    I rather see private brazilian investmen
    Debt is not something that Brazil needs. Debt doesn’t help nations grow, they keep them down.

  • Guest

    Why not foreign investment?
    Brasil has the human reources, geography and technology, the missing link is money!

    Why not consider private foreign investemnt give the viability of comercial space launches…Just an idea!

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

Ads

You May Also Like

Brazil Anticipates Sugar Cane Harvest by 2 Months to Contain Ethanol Prices

Brazilian drivers, many of them behind the wheel of newly popular hybrid models (known ...

International Study Shows Machismo Is Still King in Brazil

Brazil appears in 51st place in the report, “The Power of Women, an Evaluation ...

American Dollars Are Paying for Defecting Cubans in Brazil

A short while ago I was telling about the brain drain, that is disgusting. ...

Brazilian president Lula and Indian premier Singh

In India, Lula and 100 Businessmen Sell Brazil as Land of Opportunity

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva arrived Sunday morning, June 3,  in New ...

Everyone is buying on credit

Brazilians these days, even the most humble of them, seem always to be stuck ...

Brazil Markets Start Year Subdued

Brazilian equities began 2005 in a downslope performance, as investors booked some gains following ...

Brazil Solves Leather Residue Problem Turning It into Fertilizer

Tanning and shoe industries' leather residue, which have been an environment problem thus far, ...

Brazil Sees Chaos Scenario If Caught in Blackout During Olympics

The recent blackout in Brazil, which left 50 million people in the dark across ...

World Bank Sees Brazil and LA Growing 4.5% in 2005

Brazilian shares ebbed, despite signs of easing inflationary fears and strengthening in the U.S. ...

The Impact of Napoleon on Cardoso’s Thinking and Brazilian History

{mosimage}In 1807, Napoleon Bonaparte and his minions invaded the Iberian Peninsula.  The Peninsular War, ...