ARSAT, Argentina’s national telecommunications company, has awarded MDA, a provider of technology and services to the global space industry, a contract to design, build and supply all of the Ka-band multibeam antennas for Argentina’s ARSAT-SG1 satellite.
ARSAT-SG1 will provide high-speed internet as well as digital video and voice services across the country and to Bolivia, Paraguay and Chile.
This is the first contract signed between MDA and ARSAT. MDA provides antennas to the geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO), medium earth orbit (MEO), and low earth orbit (LEO) satellite markets.
ARSAT-SG1 is a high throughput full electric geostationary communications satellite. The ARSAT antennas will be built in MDA’s state-of-the-art high volume production facility in Montreal in Canada.
MDA says its technology has been integrated into more than 350 satellite missions to date, with more than 2,000 antenna subsystems and 3,000 electronic subsystems on approximately 850 satellites currently in orbit.
ARSAT selected INVAP, a leading company in technological projects actively supporting Argentine development, as satellite prime contractor using engineering and technology developed by GSATCOM, a joint venture company formed by INVAP and Turkish Aerospace.
The ARSAT contract was added to MDA’s backlog in Q4 2022. The Ka-band multibeam antennas will be delivered mid-2024.