ARSAT SG-1 to become third ARSAT satellite

by | Apr 28, 2020 | Satellites, Seradata News

The Argentinian satellite operator ARSAT (Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima) has resurrected plans to build a third GEO satellite for its fleet. The firm originally planned a third satellite to add to the two already operating, ARSAT 1 and 2.  However, due to financial issues the originally named ARSAT 3, which was being built by the Argentine INVAP firm, was cancelled in 2018.

The project to add a third satellite has now been resuscitated, with the name changed from ARSAT 3 to ARSAT SG1. This new satellite will be a Ka-band HTS unit and is expected to take 36 months to build. It is unknown whether Thales Alenia will provide the comms payload, as with the previous units.

The launch vehicle is undetermined. Originally the ARSAT 3 satellite was contracted to an Ariane 5 launch, but the contract was apparently cancelled.  As it is, this vehicle will have been phased out of service by the time ARSAT SG1 is completed, and the satellite might now fly on the new Ariane 6 launch vehicle instead.

The first ARSAT satellite ARSAT-1 was celebrated on Argentinian stamp. Courtesy: Argentinian Post Office

Matt Wilson contributed to this story

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to www.seradata.com/spacetrak

Related Articles

ARSAT-3 launch order plus two options goes to Arianespace

Arianespace announced on 30 September 2015 that it has signed a contract with the Argentinean operator ARSAT (Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Read more

ULA Atlas V launch vehicle in “Lopsided” 511 configuration flies straight to put a pair of satellite GSSAP satellite snoopers into orbit

The Boeing/Lockheed Martin owned launch provider, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) which mainly specialises in US military launches, successfully launched Read more

SpaceX launches second Starlink mission of the year, 13 days after the first

SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 49 Starlink satellites from Kennedy Space Centre, Florida, USA. The flight lifted-off Read more

SpaceX launches first planned Transporter rideshare mission of 2022 carrying over 100 satellites

The SpaceX Transporter-3 rideshare mission launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 1525 GMT, 13 January carrying over 100 satellites. The Read more

Russian cosmonauts make spacewalk to work on Prichal module as usual ISS raisings and departures go on

Russian cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, current commander of Expedition 66, and Peytr Dubrov, made a spacewalk from the International Space Station Read more

ESA confirms that Sentinel 1B’s radar is still knocked out by power issue

Sentinel-1B, a key Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite of the ESA/EU Copernicus Earth observation and monitoring programme, has failed in Read more

Intelsat orders two further software-defined GEO sats, but this time from Thales

Intelsat has ordered two geostationary (GEO) satellites with new "software-defined payloads" from Thales Alenia Space (TAS). The contract announced on Read more

Tianzhou-2 freighter is remotely undocked and redocked with Chinese Space Station

Taikonauts (Chinese astronauts) aboard the Chinese Space Station (CSS) conducted a manual remote undocking involving the unberthing from the forward Read more

Categories

Archives

Tags