Arsat-2 counts down to boost Argentina's satellite broadcasting


Juan Fernandez Gonzalez

| 28 September 2015

Argentina's satellite industry is counting down to its second national satellite Arsat-2 rocketing to space and powering better broadcasting capabilities on 30 September.

Arsat-2 arrived in French Guiana in August and will be part of Arianespace's September Ariane 5 mission.

Arsat-2 is the second of three geostationary satellites to be designed, built and operated in a bid to increase Argentina's telecommunications capacity, guaranteeing the same level of connectivity to all of its regions. In addition, the satellite specifically looks to strengthen Argentina's broadcasting capacity outside its borders, targeting the whole of Latin America.

The satellite was tested last summer, and has proven capable of surviving and operating in space for 15 years, delivering direct-to-home (DTH), video transport, Internet and IP-voice services through one C-band aerial and two in Ku-band.

The spacecraft are produced by Argentina's INVAP, with Europe's Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space as leading equipment suppliers.

Both existing satellites, as well as Arsat-3 which is scheduled to launch next year, will be operated by the public company Arsat, which has a strategic role in implementing governmental policies in Argentinean telecommunications.