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Argentina’s first satellite delivered on AN-124 cargo charter

Chapman Freeborn
2nd October 201402 10 2014

Chapman Freeborn’s cargo charter team and operator Volga-Dnepr Airlines have helped Argentina’s aerospace industry deliver a piece of history by transporting the first-ever space satellite manufactured in the country from San Carlos de Bariloche Airport to its launch site in French Guiana.

The ARSAT-1 satellite and its special transport container, together weighing about 40 tons, were carried onboard an An-124-100 freighter aircraft.

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VA220 Ouverture conteneur CU2 ARSAT-1 au S5C le 02/09/2014

The flight was managed by our Brazil office on behalf of its client, and the charter team was present to oversee the entire operation.

VA220 Arrivée ARSAT-1 a felix eboue le 01/09/2014

Upon delivery at Félix Eboué International Airport, the satellite was unloaded for transfer by truck to the Guiana Space Centre facilities, where it is now undergoing pre-launch preparations.

VA220 Arrivée ARSAT-1 a felix eboue le 01/09/2014

It is scheduled to be launched on October 16 and you can stream the event live via an online webcast. http://www.cnes.fr/web/CNES-en/10082-follow-ariane-launch-live.php

Once in space, the geostationary satellite will provide a wide range of telecommunications, data transmission, telephone and television services mainly across all of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and Paraguay.

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Images appear courtesy of ESA-CNES-ARIANESPACE.

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