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Mission typeCommunication
Mission duration15 years
Spacecraft properties
BusARSAT-3K (enhanced)[1]
Thales Alenia Space
Launch mass3,000 kilograms (6,600 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date2019 [2]
RocketAriane 5ECA
Launch siteKourou ELA-3
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
Longitude81° West[3]
Bandmulti spot Ka band bent-pipe[1]
Coverage areaArgentina
ARSAT Satellite Fleet

ARSAT-3 is a geostationary communications satellite ordered by ARSAT and being designed by the Argentine company INVAP.[4] ARSAT-3 is expected to be launched from French Guiana on an Ariane 5ECA rocket.[5] It is expected to be located at 81° West longitude geostationary slot.[6] ARSAT-3 will be the third geostationary satellite built in INVAP, after ARSAT-1 and ARSAT-2. The ARSAT-3 will introduce an enhanced bus platform that will enable enhanced services.[1][7]

ARSAT-3 will be a multi-spot Ka band bent-pipe design that will offer Internet access at cable costs.[6][7]

On a 2016 presentation, ARSAT disclosed that the project would be restarted in 2017. It would be a multi spot Ka band satellite based on the ARSAT-3K platform and have 40Gbit/s of bandwidth. Its foot print would cover Argentina, Chile, Uruguay and part of Paraguay. Most presale contracts were signed during 2015 and were expecting to restart production by 2017 with the company's own resources.[8]

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  1. ^ a b c "En Bariloche, INVAP ya trabaja en la construcción del nuevo satélite ARSAT 3" [In Bariloche, INVAP is already working manufacturing the ARSAT-3] (in Spanish). El Cordillerano. 2015-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  2. ^ "Arianespace signe avec l'argentin ARSAT" [Arianespace signs accord with argentinian ARSAT]. Le Figaro (in French). 2015-09-30. Retrieved 2015-10-01. D'une masse d'environ 3 tonnes au décollage, ARSAT-3 sera lancé en 2019 par Ariane 5 depuis le Centre Spatial guyanais.
  3. ^ "ARSAT 3". SatBeams. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  4. ^ "ARSAT Satellites". INVAP. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  5. ^ "Autoridades argentinas presentes por la histórica partida del satélite Arsat-1" [Argentine authorities present for historic launch of ARSAT-2] (in Spanish). Telam. 2014-10-14. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  6. ^ a b Drewes, Lorena (September 2014). El Sector Espacial Argentino [The Argentina Space Sector] (PDF) (in Spanish). ARSAT. p. 27. ISBN 978-987-45569-0-5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  7. ^ a b "Matías Bianchi: "Arsat-3 tiene desarrollo de nueva plataforma"" [Matías Bianchi states "Arsat-3 includes the development of a new platform"] (in Spanish). Argentina en el Espacio. 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2015-08-24.
  8. ^ de Selding, Peter B. (2016-09-12). "Argentina's Arsat wants HTS Ka-band Arsat-3 sat by 2020 – 40 Gbps, 24 spot beams – with boosted domestic content". Space News. Archived from the original on 2016-09-13. Retrieved 2016-09-13.

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