The first Argentine minisatellite will be launched today by NASA from the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, United States. This is a historical fact, since it is the first communications picosatellite that was born in the classrooms of a technical secondary school in Mar del Plata and that was maturing thanks to the commitment of both private companies and the National State.
This minisatellite will provide internet access to agricultural producers in rural areas throughout the country. The event will take place at 12 noon (Argentine time) and can be seen on the Internet. The event will be attended by the president Alberto Fernandez virtually.
The project managed to be developed in just nine months from scratch, and was an initiative of Alexander lamb, Professor of Applied Electronics at the School of Technical Education No. 5 of Mar del Plata. In 2019 he made the proposal to his students, who were encouraged to join the project shyly.
“First they didn’t raise their hands because it was a very big challenge. Until one, two, three, four were encouraged until they were a majority, “said Cordero, project leader and CEO of Innova Space, the company that was born so that the first picosatellite built in Argentina leaves the Mar del Plata classroom and becomes a professional development.
It involves the manufacture of the smallest satellites ever built in South America, with the aim of creating a constellation of internet communication that provides full coverage throughout the region, and stimulates an increase in agricultural production in different countries.
The PocketQube satellites have a weight of 1 kilo and approximate measurements of 50 millimeters by 50 millimeters by 150 millimeters, and among other objectives they aim to boost the country’s productivity, collaborate in the modernization of processes, provide information online and remotely about the state of crops and livestock, and collaborate to reduce costs in the launch of satellites.
The satellite was baptized “San Martín” and is part of a project of the Mar del Plata company InnovaSpace, for which the Ministry of Productive Development allocated almost $ 50 million. It was designed to be exportable and contribute to the process of import substitution of equipment and services.
The event will take place at 12 o’clock and can be viewed through the InnovaSpace YouTube channel.