Now it must be located in the final orbit, with a polar trajectory, since one of the Earth’s hulls will be crossed. Once operational, San Martín will pass through Argentina once a day from its orbit.
The miniature satellite will provide connection and expand communications for rural areas of our country.
The miniature satellite will travel mounted on a SpaceX, the space company of Elon Musk. I followed the launch live here:
Its about “General San Martín”, a “picosatellite” built in Mar del Plata, which will provide access to the Internet and other telecommunications services.
The launch is programmed for 12 o’clock today and the president Alberto Fernandez will participate in a virtual way.
How did the first Argentine minisatellite General San Martin come about?
The project with the technical name “MDQube-SAT1”, better known for General San Martin, emerged in the Technical School No. 5 of Mar del Plata, and became part of the Innova Space startup.
It started as a proposal from the teacher Alejandro Cordero with his former students Luca Uriarte (20) and Iván Mellina (20).
Innova Space is a startup from Mar del Plata, created by Alejandro Cordero, who is a teacher at various local institutions.
In 2019 obtained an initial investment made by Neutrón, the Mar del Plata-based project accelerator. That same year, he received the first prize for Innovation from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of the Argentine Republic.
In 2020, it agreed to the financing of an ANR (Non-Refundable Contribution) of the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation for $ 14,500,000.
The “MDQube-SAT1” was built “to the last screw in Mar del Plata”, as Alejandro Cordero explains. Innova Space developed PocketQube, a miniaturized picosatellite intended for space research.
It was called “MDQube-SAT1” and it is the first of its kind in all of Latin America. It weighs 500 grams and measures 10 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm.
“The development of our platform is based on the PocketQube standard. Our first satellite is 2P, so it has a dimension of 100x100x50 mm and weighs only 461 grams,” he explained. Alejandro Cordero, CEO of Innova Space.
“The satellite will travel folded and, at the time of being placed in low orbit (LEO), it will deploy its antenna and its solar panels, which will provide energy for the operation of all the architecture subsystems and the batteries when it is orbiting in eclipse ”Cordero explained.
Once the long-awaited launch has been completed, the Argentine satellite peak MDQube-SAT1 orbitará en la LEO (Low Earth Orbit), in a Polar Orbit at about 400-500 km approximately.
“This first mission consists of a proof of concept and validation of the platform, which will allow us to advance and make improvements in the design of the next satellite, on which we will start working in the coming days,” concluded the CEO of Innova Space.