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Argentina launches first telecom satellite.

After a 45 minutes delay due to unfavourable weather conditions, the ARSAT-1 geostationary satellite successfully launched this afternoon from a base in French Guiana.

It is the first all Argentine-made satellite built by the INVAP; a high-tech private company from Río Negro province associated with the Atomic Energy National Commission during the 1970’s.

With the ARSAT-1 now in orbit the country will enjoy full satellite coverage, as will the territories of Malvinas Islands, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The device will save rental expenses from foreign states, a cost estimated at 25 million dollars per-year, and it will be used for data transmission, telephone and television services.

Twitter social network reflected the impact of today’s events, as users hash-tagged the historical act with the #SoberaniaSatelital (Satellite Sovereignty) phrase, and “Tenemos Patria” (We have our homeland) among others.

 

Fuente: Buenos Aires Herald

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