Brazil: Four Brazilian companies supply Pierre Auger Observatory

The small-sized company Schwantz Ferramentas Diamantadas, producer of tools for the glass industry, is one of the four Brazilian companies to take part into the erection of the largest cosmic rays obs…

The small-sized company Schwantz Ferramentas Diamantadas, producer of tools for the glass industry, is one of the four Brazilian companies to take part into the erection of the largest cosmic rays observation chain worldwide (Pierre Auger Observatory). The company will manufacture 2,3 meters-diameter glass for the project. The other Brazilian companies involved are the Sao Paulo-based companies Equatorial and Alpina and the Pernambuco-based Baterias Moura. The tanks for the project will be built by Alpina Tremoplasticos of the Alpina group and the aim is to produce 300 units by the end of the year. Equatorial, specialized in developing and producing space systems, is in charge of developing a system to integrate the telescope. Baterias Moura will provide batteries for stationary use originally developed for the telecom industry and does not reveal sums involved. Brazil will contribute with US$ 3.5 billion for the project and US$ 1.5 billion out of this total were already financed by Fapesp (Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de Sao Paulo).