Argentina seeks 3rd comms satellite

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Argentina’s ARSAT is reviving plans to build and launch a third satellite.

According to a report in trade publication Space News the company, which already operates a pair of geostationary satellites, will order a third craft with Ka-band capacity and which will launch in 2023.

Argentina-owned Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima (ARSAT) also operates a national DTT service (SATVD-T).  The new satellite will help provide broadband services to the country’s schools and hospitals as well as rural consumers.

ARSAT-1, launched in 2014, was built by Argentinian technology company INVAP, and the report says that the new craft will also come from INVAP. It operates from 81 degrees West. ARSAT-2, also built by INVAP, was launched in September 2015 and also orbits from 81 degrees West.


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