Argentina prepares for Arsat-1 launch
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 01 September 2014
Argentina's national satellite Arsat-1 has finally arrived in French Guyana, from where it's expected to be launched next month. After several delays, the satellite left Argentina on Saturday, on board an Antonov airplane which flew it to Cayenne.
Arsat-1 – the first of a family which has two more satellites on their way and the first satellite to be completely built in Argentina – aims to improve direct-to-home (DTH) and satellite Internet services in the country.
The national satellite agency Arsat is responsible for the overall project with public company Invap having designed and built the satellite. "The satellite will improve DTT and pay-TV distribution inside Argentina and also from Argentina to other countries," said Matías Bianchi, Arsat's president.
The satellite was finished in May and was initially scheduled to be launched by Arianespace during the first week of July. Then the date was moved to September, and now the launch is set for the first week of October when it will take off on board an Ariane-5 rocket.
While the details of the launch are still being discussed, Arsat-2 is almost complete. The second-generation satellite will be entering the final test phase in a few weeks, with the launch date estimated for June 2015.