Brazil, Japan to Cooperate on Micro- and Nanosats

AEB PR — A Japanese delegation comprising representatives of the embassy, ​​academia and research was received yesterday (21/09), the Brazilian Space Agency (AEB), the director of the Satellite, Applications and Development (Dsad) Thyrso Villela, and the chief Advisor for International Cooperation (ACI), José Montserrat Filho. The main theme of the meeting was the possibility of joint development of micro / nanosatellites.

According to the Japanese delegation miniaturization of satellites is already a worldwide trend in two respects. The first is the low cost of manufacture. While the medium-large can cost anywhere from $ 200 to $ 500 million, small businesses are in the range of $ 2 to $ 5 million, which represents one-hundredth the price.

Another advantage is the time for development and manufacture of this class of satellite. They take about a year and a half to two years to complete, something like a fifth is necessary for the completion of the medium.

For the delegation, with these advantages will allow for a greater number of satellites with low cost, building a network of satellites that monitor air determined in real time on an almost permanent. The group also believes that this program will enable the training of human resources for the space industry.

The program of small satellites would include areas such as agriculture, forest monitoring and monitoring of natural disasters. The joint development was not restricted to artifacts, but cover all the systems involved in their jobs such as reception and image analysis.

During the meeting, also discussed the possibility of a South-South cooperation aimed at building a network of cooperation in the area of ​​micro / nanosatellites for use in several areas. This global monitoring network that will cover the Latin America and other tropical countries, will not only with small satellites, but also with the medium (radar carriers), and as Asnar ALOS2.

The delegation had also an invitation to Brazil to participate in the Uniform design, which consists of a program of Japanese universities to train young engineers from other countries.

The delegation’s visit was planned in accordance with the priorities for cooperation between the two countries signed in 2010 during the Third Meeting of the Japan-Brazil Joint Commission for Cooperation in Science and Technology, held in Brasilia.

Attending the meeting the representative of the University of Wakayama, Hiroaki Akiyama and representative of the Next Generation Space System Technology Research Association, Yuki Saito.