The president greeted the young satellite developers by videoconference Image Capture from TV
The president greeted the young developers of the satellite by videoconference. Image: TV Capture

President Alberto Fernandez I consider that Argentines “have more sovereignty”, highlighting the launch this Thursday at noon of the first miniature satellite of Argentine origin, called “General San Martín”; stressed that “it will allow connecting and expanding internet access”, and congratulated the group that developed the artifact for his task, in direct communication with Mar del Plata, where the companies that built it are located.

“This is sovereignty, which we can learn about important issues such as the weather of a country that needs to know to develop agriculture, livestock, to safeguard people from eventual rivers that overflow, rain and inclement weather, “said the head of state.

The first Argentine communications minisatellite was launched from the United States

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The apparatus placed in orbit is of the type PocketQube, has a weight of 1 kilogram and measures approximately 50mm x 50mm x 150mm, and has among other objectives “to enhance the country’s productivity, collaborate in the modernization of processes, provide information online and remotely on the status of crops and won, and collaborate to reduce costs in the launch of satellites. “

For the development of the picosatellite, which is part of a project by the Mar del Plata company InnovaSpace, “The Ministry of Productive Development allocated almost 50 million pesos, in addition to facilitating the generation of an incipient business niche for the country”added the Casa Rosada in a statement.

Admire those who are in Mar del Plata, who are Argentines with an enormous vocation to see their homeland grow, to connect to their homeland and to reach places where the internet sometimes does not reach. The Internet contributes to the development of a country and it is something that any Argentine should have access to.“, remarked the head of state.

For his part, the Minister of Productive Development, Matias Kulfas, pointed out that the launch of the first miniature satellite of Argentine origin shows that “the exit is not for Ezeiza”, but to work and “giving opportunities to young people” based on public policies and “concrete incentives”, by participating in the launch of the first picosatellite in Latin America.

The young people of the Technical School N 5 Mar del Plata developers of San Martín Photo Alejandro Moritz
The young people of the Technical School N ° 5 of Mar del Plata, developers of the “San Martín”. Photo: Alejandro Moritz

“The launch of this satellite, General San Martín, is the The result of a series of things: having a public policy, such as the Knowledge Economy Law that we launched in 2020, giving concrete incentives to a sector that has an enormous capacity to generate value, qualified jobs, give opportunities to young people and show them that the way out is not Ezeiza but to work here and show the potential“, assured Kulfas in the framework of the act in which he was present in a virtual way.

The Minister of Productive Development participated, together with the executive director of Anses, Fernanda Raverta, from the launch of the first miniature satellite of national origin, called “General San Martín”, which departed from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral Base (United States) and provide Internet access to agricultural producers in rural areas throughout the country.

Several government officials were present to witness the launch Photo Alejandro Moritz
Several government officials were present to witness the launch Photo: Alejandro Moritz

The ceremony took place at the company’s headquarters Innova Space in Mar del Plata, from where the CEO and teacher Alejandro Cordero followed the historical event together with students who participated in the initiative and officials, who attended in person and virtually according to each case.

For him development of the picosatellite, which was born in the Technical School N ° 5 of the coastal city, “The Ministry of Productive Development allocated almost 50 million pesos, in addition to facilitating the generation of an incipient business niche for the country,” as reported from Casa Rosada.

In this sense, Kulfas highlighted the importance of the Power and Solve programs, and reiterated: “This part of a public policy, a strategic vision, committed work teams and concrete financing instruments “.

Into space the moment when the rocket carrying the first Argentine minisatlite prepares to depart Photo Alejandro Moritz
Heading into space: the moment when the rocket carrying the first Argentine minisatellite prepares to leave. Photo: Alejandro Moritz

“None of this is done if there are no entrepreneurs, young people, those who bet on growth,” he added.

In addition, he stressed that the Government has made “a bet very strong for everything that is the satellite sector“and detailed that currently there are “more than 21 projects” of this type being financed, which imply an investment of around “200 million pesos”.

And he remarked: “We hope that this important sector for Argentina can take advantage of the knowledge economy to support other sectors, such as in this case the agro-industrial sector “.

Finally, the Minister of Productive Development stated: “This is a It is a very clear example of all that we can do together, Argentines and Argentines, to get out of the idea that we are saved with financial speculation. We save ourselves by growing every day. “

Many people gathered to witness this unique moment for Argentine science Photo Alejandro Moritz
Many people gathered to witness this unique moment for Argentine science. Photo: Alejandro Moritz

For its part, Raverta, who was in person at the event in Mar del Plata, highlighted that Argentina has “a country project” that “values” the efforts of the educational community.

Minutes before the launch of the satellite, he affirmed that the national government is carrying out “a country project thate in value that effort made by students, teachers, the educational community to develop projects that transcend“.

In line with that, he recalled that the program was recently expanded Progress “so that 16 and 17 year old boys and girls finish secondary school because we believe that compulsory secondary school in Argentina offers these opportunities.”

To close, he indicated: “We are proud that our boys and girls in public school can transcend the limits of what is possible with a work, scientific and life project.”

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