Brazil’s Senate on Tuesday night gave its approval to a bilateral agreement allowing the United States to use the Alcântara rocket launching venue in the Northeast state of Maranhão. The agreement has already been approved by the Chamber of Deputies. It does not require a presidential signature and goes into effect immediately. The accord allows the U.S. to protect the technology it uses in rocket and satellite launches. Alcântara is considered a valuable launching site because it is located close to the equator, allowing for easy geostatic positioning of satellites. Brazil’s government proposed the accord as a way to make maximum use of the Alcântara facility while earning hard currency doing so.
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