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Official logo of INVAP.

INVAP S.E. is an Argentine company that provides design, integration, construction and delivery of equipment, plants and devices. The company operates in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and delivers projects for nuclear, aerospace, chemical, medical, petroleum and governmental sectors.

INVAP was created in 1976, as a spin-off of the Argentine Atomic Energy Commission, research laboratories division. The company is an unlisted private company, the sole owner being the Province of Río Negro. Its headquarters is in San Carlos de Bariloche. As of 2015, the company directly employs 1330 people, from which 59% are highly qualified professionals.[1]


SAC-A satellite in space

INVAP was the first company in Latin America certified by NASA (the US (National) Aeronautics and Space Administration) to supply space technologies.[1] It constructs satellites, payloads, and ground stations, including the SAC ("Satelites de Aplicación Científica") satellite family, developed for the Argentine space agency CONAE. INVAP was the first company in Latin America to provide design, development, mission control and operational support.[2]

The SAC-D was put into orbit on June 9, 2011, carrying several scientific payloads, including NASA's $100 million Aquarius project, which will measure the oceans' salinity.[3] ARSAT-1 - the first communications satellite entirely built in Argentina - was launched in 2014, while a second satellite in the series, ARSAT-2 was launched in September 2015.[4][5]

Nuclear projects[edit]

In the field of nuclear projects, the company specializes in the design and construction of nuclear research reactors, radioisotope production plants, nuclear fuel manufacturing plants, uranium enrichment facilities, neutron beam transport systems, radiation protection instrumentation, reactor protection systems, and modernization and refurbishment of research reactors. INVAP also conducts consultancy and research activities for nuclear power plant suppliers in areas such as nuclear reactor fuels, isotope separation by lasers and reactor core reshuffling studies for nuclear power plants.

INVAP has constructed and installed the following nuclear reactors:

Country Location Name Notes
 Algeria Algiers NUR Sold to Haut Commisariat pour la Recherche of the Algerian government.
 Argentina Bariloche RA-6 For CNEA.
Argentina Pilcaniyeu RA-8 For CNEA.
Argentina Lima, Zárate [6] CAREM For CNEA.
 Australia Sydney OPAL Sold to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).
 Egypt Cairo ETRR-2 Sold to the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority.
 Peru Lima RP-0 Provision of nuclear instrumentation to the Instituto Peruano de Energía Nuclear.
Peru Huarangal RP-10 Provision of nuclear instrumentation to the Instituto Peruano de Energía Nuclear.
 Iran Tehran NUR For AEOI.

On 2009, INVAP and the Spanish group Isolux were pre-selected in an international tender, known as the PALLAS project. This entails the procurement of an 80 MW nuclear reactor for the Dutch city of Petten [7] ( see Petten nuclear reactor ) but on February 2010, the Dutch radiopharmaceutical producer Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group (NRG) extended the preparatory phase up to end of the year for financing [8]

On 2010 INVAP and CITEDEF completed the development and readied for testing a method that used a laser to remove the radioactive components from heavy water which is used to cool nuclear reactors.[9]

Other projects commissioned[edit]

Radar Inkan at Quilmes

See also[edit]

  • CONAE - National space agency
  • ARSAT - Government owned communication company
  • CEATSA - Environmental testing company owned in association with ARSAT.


  1. ^ a b Company Profile Archived December 8, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Space Area
  3. ^ NASA Aquarius Project
  4. ^ Lanzan esta tarde el primer satélite de comunicaciones fabricado en el país - Clarin, 16 October 2014.
  5. ^ El Arsat-2 está listo para ser lanzado al espacio - Secretaria de Comunicacion Pubblica, 11 August 2015.
  6. ^ actualmente se construye en cercanías de Atucha, el reactor CAREM 25, que generará 25 MW
  7. ^ Argentina, a un paso de venderle un reactor nuclear a Holanda
  8. ^
  9. ^ CITEDEF desarrolla un método láser para descontaminar reactores nucleares
  10. ^
  11. ^ Misiones SAC Firman convenios para las contrucción de tres satélites
  12. ^ CONAE official documents
  13. ^ ARA Hercules multirole transport ship (Spanish) Defense and Security (English)
  14. ^ Histamar: ARA Hercules
  15. ^ Jefatura de Ministros:Memoria 2005
  16. ^ Forest Fire Prevention
  17. ^ LaNacion: Más plata para reequipamiento militar LaNacion:Comprará el Gobierno 11 radares (Spanish)
  18. ^ En materia de seguridad aérea, Invap construyó 11 modelos del Radar Secundario Monopulso Argentino (RSMA) del plan de radarización que se impulsó en 2005, con una inversión cercana a los 100 millones de pesos, ... Invap desarrollará 11 radares más para completar el control aéreo nacional hacia el noreste y sur del país, con una inversión de 126 millones de pesos y un plazo de instalación hacia fines de 2011.
  19. ^ Diseñan un radar tridimensional para detectar vuelos clandestinos
  20. ^ ha encargado la fabricación de seis radares militares que se suman al prototipo que el INVAP
  21. ^ Simuladores Marítimos para Instrucción y Adiestramiento - MELIPAL (Spanish)
  22. ^ LaNacion:Simulador de navegación para los mares argentinos
  23. ^ Wind Power
  24. ^ LaNacion:Desarrollan el primer molino eólico diseñado en el país
  25. ^ Lancion:Invap vendió a la India un equipo de radioterapia
  26. ^ Medical Equipment
  27. ^ LaNacion:Por primera vez se vendió a Brasil un equipo argentino de radioterapia
  28. ^ LaNacion: Venden alta tecnología por US$ 100 millones a Venezuela
  29. ^ Novo radar argentino em aeronave naval

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