Argentina's Arsat-2 heads to French Guyana


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 14 August 2015

Set to launch in September, Argentina's second national digital TV and video satellite, Arsat-2, is heading to the international space base in Kourou, French Guyana, after successfully completing its testing phase.

During the latter half of August, the second satellite of the Arsat family, which is already loaded for transportation, will be travelling from Argentina's INVAP and CEATSA headquarters, where it was tested, to the space base.

The tests, which were carried during the summer, have proved that the satellite is ready to survive and operate in space for 15 years, delivering direct-to-home (DTH), video transport, Internet and IP-voice services through three aerials, one operating in C-band and two in Ku-band.

Both Arsat-1 are technologically similar, but the second will have more coverage capacity, enabling it to broadcast in the US and all Latin American countries, and with increased capacity to deliver Argentinean content to the entire American continent.

The Arsat project, which includes one more satellite, started with the Arsat-1 launch last October.