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posted 10-17-2014 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Argentina joins the club.
Argentina is launching a geostationary communications satellite Thursday that was built at home with local technology, a first for Latin America.

The ARSAT-1, the product of seven years of work by a team of 400 specialists...

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has said the launch puts Argentina in an "elite club" of countries capable of producing satellites whose orbits are synchronized with the turning of the Earth, enabling them to hold their position over a fixed spot.

"Today is a historic day," cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich told journalists.

The $270-million, 3,400-watt satellite was developed by Argentine state engineering firm Invap and Argentine Satellite Solutions (ARSAT), a private company.

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Arianespace release (excerpt)
Arianespace delivers for Latin America! Ariane 5 orbits ARSAT-1

Arianespace continued Ariane 5's record of success with another heavy-lift mission performed today (Oct. 16) from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which orbited a pair of telecommunications satellites for Latin America: Intelsat 30, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload; and ARSAT-1.

Both spacecraft were deployed into geostationary transfer orbits following their ascent from the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch zone, with Intelsat 30 released nearly 28 minutes after liftoff, and ARSAT-1 separating approximately six minutes later to complete the flight sequence.

ARSAT-1 is the first geostationary satellite built in Argentina. It was produced for ARSAT by the company INVAP, with Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space serving as leading equipment suppliers.

As the first satellite to be launched by Arianespace for ARSAT, ARSAT-1 will operate from an orbital position of 71.8 deg. West and will deliver a wide range of telecommunications, data transmission, telephone and television services across all of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.

The Argentinian government's Secretary of Communications, Norberto Berner, hailed Arianespace's mission success as a historic day for the country, which will create opportunities for its citizens by opening up new communications services.

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