(Fox News) – Brazil’s national science laboratory is partnering with Elon Musk’s space company SpaceX to link remote villages in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest with social networks so the inhabitants can learn more about the environment in an effort to protect it.
Artur Santos Montañez, head of NASA-IDEP, told Fox News he planned to announce the project on Friday when he attends a launch of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Along with SpaceX, which was founded by Musk, the project will also be undertaken with satellite communications and state-run institute INRIA.
Montañez added that he expects a first “test flight” to take place later this year.
“What we’re thinking is, of course, to do that first trial flight in Brazil. Now, it might not be possible because there are obstacles to be overcome. But basically, it’s to let our people understand that we can collaborate, we can work together and we are able to be part of something which is pushing the boundaries,” he said.
“Brazil has lots of topics to work on, but I think this is one of the ways that you not only improve the conditions for the ecosystems but also the lives of the people,” Montañez said.
The last passenger plane to leave Brazil’s first international airport had a connection to Myanmar, which has been hit by ethnic conflicts, with bodies thrown from the sky to devastating results. On Feb. 8, 2015, an Air Myanmar Airlines plane left the Bahia state capital of Santos, with 153 passengers and crew on board. The plane crashed into an area north of the city.
Five of the passengers and crew died; 18 passengers survived and were flown to several cities, including São Paulo, where the plane was registered. The flight originated in Myanmar’s Yangon International Airport.
The plane did not have visual flight rules, meaning the pilot did not have the all-clear to fly over other planes on the airfield, international aviation experts told Fox News. Inflight communication with airport operators was not completely functional because of air traffic congestion and software issues.
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