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Connection to the Alcântara Launch Center

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The Alcântara Launch Center (CLA) is one of two rocket launch centers in Brazil, located in Maranhão, 32 kilometers from the capital São Luís, close to the equator. Inaugurated in 1983, and in operation since 1989, the site was designed with a structure capable of launching rockets, manned or not, and placing satellites in Earth orbit, in addition to sending astronauts on research missions.

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CLA
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RNP’s role

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RNP will connect the Alcântara Launch Center in São Luís (MA) to Fortaleza (CE), through a 22 km submarine cable, in addition to a 685 km terrestrial optical network. The high-speed connection will directly benefit researchers who depend on high data transmission capacity in the areas of astronomy, high-energy physics, aerospace engineering, climate and biodiversity, boosting scientific and technological development in the region.

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Social Impact

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1 million+

People benefited

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700 km+

terrestrial and submarine optical cables

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9 institutions

of teaching and research served

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Project milestones

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February 2022


Executive Engineering Project Planning

 

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September 2022


Hydrological survey of the submarine connection project

 

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September 2022


Assignment for operation and maintenance of partners

 

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1st Quarter of 2023


Launch of the submarine cable between São Luís and Alcântara

 

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2nd Quarter of 2023


Terrestrial network integrated to submarine cable in operation.

 

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