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Thales Alenia Space to build the ARSAT-2 payload

Cannes - Thales Alenia Space announced today that it has signed a contract with Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales SA, ARSAT, to supply the payload for the second Argentine geostationary telecom satellite ARSAT-2, a part of the SSGAT program (Sistema Satelital Geoestacionario Argentino de Telecomunicaciones).

INVAP, the Rio Negro Province high-tech powerhouse located in San Carlos de Bariloche, already involved in the manufacturing of Observation satellites, was selected by ARSAT as prime contractor for ARSAT-2. To be fully compatible with the tight schedule of the program, the payload provided by Thales Alenia Space will be integrated, assembled and tested in INVAP facilities before being mated with their platform.

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ARSAT-2 follows the ARSAT-1 contract signed in September 2009, demonstrating the success of our cooperation with ARSAT and INVAP and the continuity of our historical presence in Argentina: the Nahuel-1 satellite was already built by Thales Alenia Space.

ARSAT-2 is slated to enter service in 2013, and will be positioned at 81 degrees West. It will provide data, telephone and television transmission services for South and North America. Weighing about 3 tons at launch, it will offer a design life of 15 years. The payload will be fitted with 4 C-band and 16 Ku-band transponders and will use 3.4 kW of power.

"We are delighted with this great opportunity to deepen the strategic relation with ARSAT and to continue the close industrial cooperation with Argentina's satellite manufacturer INVAP initiated on ARSAT-1." said Reynald Seznec, President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space. "We are aware ot the importance of the ARSAT-2 program to increase the market share of ARSAT and will strive to provide the best and safest technical and programmatic solutions.

This contract once again confirms Thales Alenia Space's leadership in the telecom payload market. Thales Alenia Space is the only manufacturer to have recorded orders for more than 300 telecommunications payloads, including those equipping platforms developed by other satellite manufacturers and those dedicated to constellations. This clearly reflects Thales Alenia Space's ability to work with industrial partners and adapt to the widely diverse technical characteristics of different platform designs.

Source : Thales Alenia Space

Published on ASDNews: Dec 15, 2010


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