What is it?
Recognized internationally, the Brazilian space program has a strong background in engineering and technology infrastructure to support space activities and numerous research laboratories and observatories.
The space program in Brazil started in the 1960s with the construction of the first launch center (CLBI) in 1965. Two years later, the first sounding rocket was launched. In 1993, the first Brazilian satellite reached orbit around the Earth, and in 1994, the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), an independent agency under the Ministry of Science and Technology, was established.
Brazil today has some of the best capacity in the world to implement technologies generated by its space program in major economic and social areas, such as telecommunications, meteorology and providing images of the planet. However, this investment in highly complex programs involves not only improvements to society, but also strategic advantages for Brazil.
The Brazilian Space Agency is responsible for coordinating the Alcantara Launch Center (CLA) and Barreira do Inferno Launch Center (CLBI). It also manages the Aeronautics and Space Institute (IAE), linked to the Aerospace Technical Center (CTA), which develops sounding rockets and satellite launchers.