Billionaire company SpaceX will deploy satellite internet in the Amazon rainforest, which will also help detect illegal deforestation.
American multi-billionaire Elon Musk announced on Friday in Brazil the launch of a program of “environmental monitoringof Amazon and improving its internet access, before a meeting with President Jair Bolsonaro. “I am super excited to be in Brazil for the launch of Starlink for 19,000 disconnected schools in rural areas and for Amazon’s environmental monitoring.tweeted the world’s richest man, owner of space company SpaceX and automaker Tesla.
In November, the Brazilian government announced negotiations for SpaceX to deploy satellite internet in the Amazon rainforest and help detect illegal deforestation. The meeting between the Brazilian president and the billionaire took place in the morning at a luxury hotel in Porto Feliz, about 100 km from Sao Paulo. “As we connect Amazon, we bring (in Brazil) one of the best business leaders in the world to help us with this mission.“, declared on Twitter the Brazilian Minister of Communications, Fabio Faria, a message with a picture of two photos of him with Elon Musk, at the hotel in question.
Journalists present were kept away from the establishment, surrounded by an important security device, said an AFP team, which saw President Bolsonaro quickly get out of the vehicle on his arrival to greet command forces before enter the hotel. Thursday night, he announced that he will have a character meeting “private“in Sao Paulo”along with a very important man known throughout the world“. that person”came to offer his help for our Amazon“, the president referred to his weekly direct on social networks.
Fight against deforestation
Amazon is a hot topic in Brazil, and in that country’s relations with the international community. Deforestation has risen sharply under the Bolsonaro government, which has been accused of promoting impunity for gold miners, farmers or timber traffickers who illegally deforest the rainforest.
“For Bolsonaro, this meeting was positive, as they should discuss improving tracking on Amazon.“Oliver Stuenkel, professor of international relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation, told AFP.”But this is mainly facade speech, specialists believe that the problem of deforestation is not the lack of monitoring, the Brazilian system is very sophisticated. The problem stems from the lack of intervention of environmental control officials“, He added.
According to a study by NGO collective Mapbiomas, the environmental protection bodies of the Bolsonaro government intervened after less than 3% of deforestation alerts were detected by the satellites of the monitoring system currently being implemented.
Elon Musk became the hero of the Bolsonarian clan when he announced his intention to buy Twitter last month, promising less restricting moderation in the name of freedom of expression. Very active on social networks, Jair Bolsonaro has seen some of his publications deleted, including Twitter, for disinformation.
O Globo indicated that the meeting will take place in the presence of two ministers, Mr. Faria and of Defense, Paulo Sergio Nogueira, as well as 13 business leaders, including the bosses of major telecommunications companies in the country.
SpaceX launched a second shipment of approximately 50 Starlink service satellites in mid-February to provide internet connectivity to customers around the world. Starlink allows residents of areas less served by fixed and mobile networks to have access to high-speed Internet, via thousands of small satellites. Elon Musk leads with a fortune estimated by Forbes magazine at 230 billion dollars. He recently announced his intention to buy the social network Twitter for 44 billion dollars, before suspending this project by conditioning it on obtaining data on the proportion of fake accounts.