Arianespace signs contract with ARSAT to launch a new satellite for Argentina, plus two options
Arianespace announced today that it has signed a contract with the Argentinean operator ARSAT (Empresa Argentina de Soluciones Satelitales Sociedad Anónima) to launch its next geostationary satellite, ARSAT-3, plus options on two more launches.
This strategic long-term agreement follows last year’s successful launch of ARSAT-1 on October 16, 2014, and comes a few hours before the launch of ARSAT-2. It will cover Argentina’s satellite launch requirements until 2023.
With a liftoff mass of approximately 3,000 kg., ARSAT-3 will be the first satellite launched, delivered to geostationary transfer orbit in 2019. It will be injected by an Ariane 5 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.
The two options involve two geostationary satellites that are similar to ARSAT-3, and for which their launches are planned for the 2020-2023 timeframe.
These new ARSAT satellites will complement the services already offered by ARSAT-1 and soon ARSAT-2. They will provide a wide range of telecommunications services, including data transmission, telephony and television broadcasting.
Following the signature of this contract, ARSAT Chairman and CEO Matias Bianchi said: “Today, we have once again chosen the world’s most reliable launch service provider, Arianespace, to orbit our upcoming satellite, thereby strengthening Argentina’s dual role as constructor and operator. Through these planned new satellite, ARSAT supports Argentina’s policy for the development of the national satellite industry, as expressed in the bilateral space cooperation agreement signed this morning by the Argentine Minister of Planning, Mr Julio De Vido, and the French ambassador to Argentina, his highness Jean-Michel CASA.”
Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, added: ”I would like to thank ARSAT for entrusting Arianespace with the launch of its future satellites. Today’s contract, and the two associated options, bolster the strong partnership that we’ve had for more than five years. We also are very proud that this contact comes the same day as the signature of an agreement between France and Argentina for a broad space cooperation.”
Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company. Founded in 1980, Arianespace deploys a family of three launchers, Ariane, Soyuz and Vega, to meet the needs of both commercial and government customers, and has performed over 260 launches to date. Backed by its 20 shareholders and the European Space Agency, Arianespace is the only company in the world capable of launching all types of payloads into all orbits, from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. As of September 29, 2015, Arianespace had carried out 225 Ariane launches, 38 Soyuz launches (12 at the Guiana Space Center and 26 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, via Starsem) and five Vega launches. Arianespace is headquartered in Evry, near Paris, and has a facility at the Guiana Space Center, plus local offices in Washington D.C., Tokyo and Singapore.
ARSAT is an Argentine national telecommunications company. It was created in 2006 to exploit the orbital slots belonging to Argentina by developing the operation of telecommunications satellites built in Argentina and offering all satellite services – voice, data transmission, audio, video – to customers. Since 2010, it has also been in charge of other major telecommunications projects: the Federal Fiber Optical Network, the National Data Center and the national platform for the Argentine System of Direct To Home Free TV.