Friday, January 01, 2021

Emirates SkyCargo Successfully Transports Brazilian Satellite to Chennai in Boeing 777 Freighter Aircraft

SkyCargo, the cargo arm of Gulf carrier Emirates, has successfully flown a Brazalian satellite in a charter freighter from Sao Jose dos Campos (Brazil) to Chennai, which is to be launched into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in February next year, the airline said on Wednesday. Emirates SkyCargo has expertise in transporting satellites and other cargos developed for space technology, the airline said in a statement.

In 2018, it transported Khalifasat, the first satellite developed completely by Emirati engineers at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre from Dubai to Seoul, said the release. In Brazil, Emirates SkyCargo operates scheduled cargo flights to Sao Paulo and Viracopos airports, the airline said.

"SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has successfully executed a cargo charter to transport the Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 from Brazil to Chennai. This is the first time that Emirates SkyCargo has transported a space satellite from South America," Emirates said in the release. The satellite was flown in a Boeing 777 freighter, it said.

The satellite is due to be sent to space in February 2021 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh) on the eastern coast of India, said the statement. Emirates said its cargo division had to undertake extensive preparations for this charter flight to ensure the safe and secure transport of the satellite.

During the transportation process, the satellite was dismantled into multiple components to facilitate easy loading and unloading from the aircraft, said Emirates. It added that the satellite was packed inside large containers to avoid any damage during the transport. Overall, the total cargo weighed around 22 tonnes.

01/01/21 PTI/

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