The first minisatellite of Argentine origin, emerged from a school project, will depart today from the NASA base in Cape Canaveral. It is the “General San Martín”, a “picosatellite” built in Mar del Plata, which will provide access to the Internet and other telecommunications servicesThe launch is scheduled for 12 noon today and President Alberto Fernández will participate virtually. The miniature satellite will travel mounted on a rocket from SpaceX, Elon Musk’s space company.
The project with the technical name “MDQube-SAT1”, better known by General San Martín, sHe urged at the Technical School No. 5 in Mar del Plata, and became part of the Innova Space startup. It began as a proposal by the teacher Alejandro Cordero with his former students Luca Uriarte (20) and Iván Mellina (20). Innova Space is a startup from Mar del Plata, created by Alejandro Cordero, who is a teacher at various local institutions.
In 2019 it obtained an initial investment made by Neutrón, the project accelerator based in Mar del Plata. That same year, received the first prize for Innovation from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology of the Argentine Republic.
In 2020, it accessed the financing of an ANR (Non-Refundable Contribution) from the Ministry of Productive Development of the Nation for $ 14,500,000. The “MDQube-SAT1” was built “to the last screw in Mar del Plata”, as Alejandro Cordero explains. Innova Space developed PocketQube, a miniaturized picosatellite for space research.
It was called “MDQube-SAT1” and it is the first of its kind in all of Latin America. It weighs 500 grams and measures 10 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm.