They launched San Martín, the first Argentine miniature satellite

The minisatellite was brought into orbit on a rocket from SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space company. Once operational, San Martín will pass through Argentina once a day from its orbit.

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:

The project with the technical name “MDQube-SAT1”, better known as General San Martín, arose at the Technical School No. 5 in Mar del Plata, and became part of the Innova Space startup. It began as a proposal by the teacher Alejandro Cordero with his former students Luca Uriarte (20) and Iván Mellina (20).

In 2019 it obtained an initial investment made by Neutrón, the project accelerator based in Mar del Plata. 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 accessed the financing of an ANR (Non-Refundable Contribution) from 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 for space research.

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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”, explained Alejandro Cordero, CEO of Innova Space.

“The satellite will deploy its antenna and its solar panels, which will provide energy for the operation of all the subsystems of the architecture and the batteries when it is orbiting in eclipse,” explained Cordero.

Once the long-awaited launch is completed, the Argentinean MDQube-SAT1 peak satellite will orbit in the LEO (Low Earth Orbit), in a Polar Orbit at approximately 400-500 km.

“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.

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