Venezuela to build satellite Sucre with help from China

Venezuela to build satellite Sucre with help from China


The Venezuela will build the satellite “Sucre” in 36 months with the help of Chinese technology. The satellite, which was named “Antonio José de Sucre” (VRSS2), hero of independence, will be of remote sensing and will support the strategic areas such as health, energy, food security, border surveillance and agricultural planning, as announced Ricardo Menendez, head of planning and communication, at a news conference.

For such an agreement was signed between China and Venezuela, on day 5 of October, in the presence of the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and signed by the Venezuelan Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Manuel Fernández, and a representative of the Industrial Corporation Great Wall of China, entity that will build the satellite, the third that Venezuela will put in space.At the time the Minister said that the satellite is intended to expand the capacity of the nation of planning and research and to increase the capacity of the cartographic country.

We have to celebrate the signing of this third satellite, Antonio José de Sucre, liberator of South America, “said the Venezuelan President, Nicolás Maduro, at the time of signing, during the closing ceremony of the Third National Congress of Culture.

The project foresees that China and Venezuela share knowledge in construction of the new satellite and to work together in the development of the aerospace industry. The document also provides that some satellite components are made in Venezuela. Menendez announced that part of the production of the satellite will be held inside the country, which will create a design center in the central region in January 2015. More than 200 Venezuelan technicians were trained in China and obtained qualifications in areas such as satellite operation.

This agreement signed now in October will continue to another document, signed in July in Caracas, by the Presidents Nicolás Maduro and Xi Jinping, destined to the construction of the VRSS2.

The Sucre satellite will have a camera with high definition images. Will have greater transmission capacity, memory storage and next-generation batteries that will give more power to the satellite, “said Manuel Fernández.

He will have a sun synchronous orbit, will be at an altitude of 646 km from Earth and will have a storage capacity of 1 Terabyte, will feature a high resolution camera (HRC-1 m) and an Infrared Camera.

China has aided the Venezuela in the construction and launch of all its satellites, with their already established technology. The first Venezuelan satellite, a telecommunications satellite named “Simon Bolivar” in honor of the independence leader, was released in China in 2008. The second, a remote sensing satellite, named “Francisco de Miranda”, in honor of the hero of independence, was also released in China in 2012. This satellite is mainly used for Earth resources inspections, environmental protection, disaster management, detection and estimation of crop yield and urban planning.

Source: Xinhua, Spacesmart, Agency Brazil