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Arsat Taps CPI for ARSAT-SG1 Gateway Systems

By Rachel Jewett | March 20, 2023

ARSAT SG1 Photo courtesy of ARSAT

Argentine telecommunications company Arsat awarded Communications & Power Industries (CPI) a $20 million contract to provide telemetry, tracking and command and gateway systems for the ARSAT-SG1 satellite. 

Under the deal announced last week, CPI will provide two 13.2 meter TT&C antennas and six 6.3 meter gateway Earth station antennas, fully integrated with CPI amplifiers, at several sites in Argentina. Work on the three-year contract will be completed at CPI facilities in the United States and Canada.

Argentine company INVAP is the prime contractor on the satellite, which is planned for launch in 2025. It will be Arsat’s first high-performance satellite with high-throughput satellite (HTS) technology, as well as its first satellite operating in the Ka-band frequency. It will provide broadband to more than 200,000 households in rural areas of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile and Paraguay. MDA recently won a subcontract to provide Ka-band multibeam antennas for the satellite. 

“CPI supports Arsat’s goal of providing Argentinians with equal access to telecommunications services, bridging the digital divide between rural and urban areas. We worked closely with Arsat to ensure that we developed an integrated solution that fully met the needs of the SG1 GSKa program,” commented Mike DiBiase, president of CPI’s Antenna & Power Technologies business.