Space, first satellite of the Italian-Argentine SIASGE constellation launched
The Argentine SAOCOM 1A Earth observation satellite has been successfully launched. It will operate jointly with the COSMO-SkyMed constellation of the Italian Space Agency (ASI).
“The launch of Saocom 1A is the first step of a visionary idea conceived 20 years ago during talks between the then ASI President Sergio De Julio and the Director of Conae Conrado Varotto, that is to say, the idea of creating the Italian-Argentine SIASGE constellation (Italian-Argentine Satellite System for Emergency Management) made up of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites, two of which in L-band (SAOCOM) and four in X-band (Cosmo Sky Med)”, said ASI President Roberto Battiston.
Recalling that neither the Cosmo-SkyMed constellation, which was put into orbit in 2007-2010, nor the SAOCOM system existed at that time, Battiston added: “It is an honour for me to be able to witness today the fulfilment of this important project and the beginning of the operational phase which, I am sure, will be a source of great satisfaction for our two countries”.
The collaboration between the two countries within the Italian-Argentine SIASGE system stems from the intention, shared by both, to develop an operationally integrated and interoperable system for the management and prevention of natural and environmental emergencies using radar technology.
The end goal of the project is the integration of data and applications derived from the two satellite constellations.