‘Historic’ Arsat-1 satellite sees successful launch

21 Oct 2014

Argentina successfully launched its first domestically designed and developed geostationary communications satellite late last week, an event that government officials described as ‘historic’. Seven years in development, the Arsat-1 platform, manufactured by the state-run firm Invap in the southern city of Bariloche, was launched from the Kourou facility in French Guiana on board an Ariane 5 rocket. Arsat-1 is designed to have a useful life in orbit of about 15 years. It will provide a wide variety of telecoms services, including fixed voice, pay-TV and data transmission to Argentina, as well as Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.

Argentina, ARSAT