President Alberto Fernández participated today in a virtual way in the launch that took place in Cape Canaveral, United States, of the first miniature satellite of national origin “General San Martín” that, as reported, will provide internet access to agricultural producers in rural areas of the whole country.
“This is sovereignty,” said the head of state, who followed the event from the Casa Rosada Bicentennial Museum, accompanied by the Minister of Productive Development, Matías Kulfas.
He indicated that this national development implies that it is possible to “learn about such important issues as the weather, in a country that needs it to be able to develop agriculture, livestock, to even safeguard our people from eventual inclement weather.”
The president referred to the technicians and scientists who carried out the picosatellite in Mar del Plata, as “Argentines with an enormous vocation to make their homeland grow, to connect their homeland, and to reach places where the internet sometimes does not reach. “.
“This makes the development of the country”, he assured in dialogue with Alejandro Cordero, creator of the device and CEO of the Mar del Plata company Innova Space.
When taking the floor, Cordero expressed his “emotion and gratitude after so many hardships, evils and negative things.”
And he reflected: “This is the balm of fresh air that we humbly offer to show the people that Argentina’s capacity for development is immense, infinite.”
“You do not need a lot of money but it has to do with passion, work and dedication, and that is what we demonstrate with this project from very low to reaching the top of the sky,” he defined.
The initiative proposes the manufacture of the smallest satellites that have been built in South America, with the aim of creating an internet communication constellation that provides full coverage throughout the region, and stimulates an increase in agricultural production in the different countries.
The PocketQube satellites have a weight of one kilo and approximate measurements of 50 millimeters x 50 millimeters x 150 millimeters, and have, among other objectives, to enhance the country’s productivity, collaborate in the modernization of processes, provide information online and remotely on the state of crops and livestock, and collaborate to reduce costs in the launch of satellites. .
For the development of the picosatellite, the Ministry of Productive Development contributed almost 50 million pesos to Innova Space, in addition to facilitating the generation of an incipient business niche for the country.
The initiative was designed to be exportable and contribute to the process of import substitution of equipment and services. Likewise, as it is smaller than others, it reduces the development and launch costs of this type of device. (NA)