In Brazil for a meeting with Bolsonaro, Elon Musk wants to monitor the Amazon rainforest by satellite

Billionaire Elon Musk, visiting Brazil on Friday, announced on Twitter the launch of his satellite internet “connection” program for isolated schools and “environmental monitoringof the Amazon.

I’m super excited to be in Brazil for the launch of Starlink for 19,000 unconnected schools in rural areas and for environmental monitoring of the Amazon.“, tweeted the richest man in the world, before a meeting with President Bolsonaro near Sao Paulo.

Satellites as a means of combating deforestation for indigenous populations

Fabio Faria, Brazilian Minister of Communications, had explained on Twitter that the richest man on the planet would be in Brazil on Friday “to speak with the Brazilian government connectivity and protection of the Amazon“.

According to the news site G1Elon Musk, owner of the space company SpaceX and the car manufacturer Tesla, arrived in Brazil around 9:00 a.m. (12:00 GMT) aboard a private jet which landed at an airfield 70km from Sao Paulo.

The meeting between the Brazilian president and the billionaire is planned in a luxury hotel in Porto Feliz, about 100 km from Sao Paulo, according to information from the daily O Globo. Journalists present on the spot were kept away from the hotel entrance, surrounded by an important security device, with police cars, noted an AFP team, which saw two helicopters land near the hotel. hotel.

Protecting the Amazon Rainforest from Illegal Deforestation

Thursday evening, Jair Bolsonaro announced that he was going to have a character meeting “private“in Sao Paulo”with a very important person known all over the world“.”She comes to offer her help for our Amazonia“, had specified the president in his direct weekly on social networks, without disclosing the identity of the person in question.

The Amazon is a hot topic – literally and figuratively – in Brazil, with deforestation having increased sharply under the Bolsonaro government, accused of fostering impunity for gold miners, farmers or timber traffickers who illegally deforest the rainforest.

Brazil processes less than 3% of illegal deforestation alerts

Elon Musk became a “hero” of the Bolsonarian clan when he announced his intention to buy Twitter last month, promising less restrictive moderation in the name of freedom of expression. Very active on social networks, Jair Bolsonaro has seen several of his publications deleted, including on Twitter, for disinformation.

O Globo indicated that the meeting would take place in the presence of two ministers, Mr. Faria and that of Defense, Paulo Sergio Nogueira, as well as 13 business leaders, including the bosses of the main telecommunications companies in the country.

The Brazilian government announced in November that it was negotiating a deal for SpaceX to deploy satellite internet over the Amazon rainforest and help detect illegal deforestation. The announcement of these negotiations was made after a meeting between Minister Faria and Elon Musk in November, in Texas.

Deforestation in the Amazon: New record broken in Brazil in April with more than 1,000 km2 deforested

SpaceX launched a second shipment of around 50 satellites from Elon Musk’s Starlink service in mid-February to provide internet connection to customers around the world.

Starlink allows residents of areas poorly served by fixed and mobile networks to have access to high-speed Internet, via thousands of small satellites. It has more than 100,000 subscribers worldwide, with specific equipment sold for around 600 euros and a subscription of almost 100 euros per month.

Elon Musk is at the head of 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 acquisition project, conditioning it on obtaining data on the proportion of fake accounts.

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