INVAP and the aerospace technology
With six satellites of its own design and construction already in orbit, INVAP has won a privileged position in the international satellite technology scene. INVAP is currently the only Latin American company capable of implementing full satellite projects: from the mission concept to the placement in orbit and complete operation of the satellite, except its launching.
In this sense, SAC-D/Aquarius project stands out. The Argentine Space Agency (CONAE) has entrusted INVAP the design and construction of the SAC-D satellite that will carry a complex instrument provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The device, named Aquarius, measures for the first time ocean salinity at a global scale. The total value of the NASA contribution to the SAC-D mission is of more than 200 MM USD, and includes the Aquarius instrument and the cost of launching.
Aquarius provides essential information to elaborate better scientific models to predict climate change. Argentina, on the other hand, obtained valuable information that could be used with economic purposes, such as the location of fish species of commercial value, underground water, soil humidity and other data for agricultural planning, environmental disasters, fire detection and atmospheric and water pollution, among others.
INVAP is the main contractor for AR-SAT S.A. (Argentine company providing satellite solutions) in the design and construction of the first geostationary communication satellites in Argentina. These satellites operate in different frequency bands, assigned to our country by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a UN organization, and will have different geographic coverage. These satellites allow our country to exploit a strategic resource, and to earn profit by providing high value-added communications services in telephony, data, Internet and TV.
Furthermore, INVAP is the first and only Latin American company to develop secondary radars for air traffic control, many of which are already in operation. These devices have been produced for the Argentine Air Force (FAA) and for the Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and are ICAO homologated. INVAP is also currently developing a primary 3D radar for the Argentine Direction of Military Industries (DGFM).