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Report: Brazil Eyes Commercial Satellite Launch Partnership with US

satelliteBrazil is considering partnering with the U.S. or Russia to send commercial satellites into orbit from Brazil’s Alcantara spaceport, Reuters reported Monday.

Anthony Broadle and Brian Winter write the Brazilian government could select a partner country in the coming months based on factors such as diplomatic relations and space technology offerings.

The Alcantara launch site is close to the equator and the location could allow satellite operators to save on fuel costs, according to Reuters.

Ukraine helped Brazil build rockets for nearly 10 years before the countries ended their rocket development collaboration in February, the report said.

Broadle and Winter said the U.S. may demand a technical safeguards agreement with Brazil if the two countries decide to forge a satellite launch partnership.

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