Argentina's Arsat-1 geostationary satellite launched last week finished the third and last maneuver in order to remain in orbit permanently, 36,000 km away from earth.
INVAP and Argentine state-run Arsat high-tech Company confirmed from the Benavidez land tracking station that the device is set in safe mode and reoriented facing the sun until further procedures.
This third maneuver, which concluded Wednesday night, included technical checks of the satellite’s temperature control, motor and tank pressure; the last step before beginning with the transmission service.
The Arsat-1 is Argentina's first geostationary satellite built entirely with local parts, that will provide telecommunication services for a vast range of territory in South America. The satellite was launched from French Guiana in an Arianne rocket
Two more similar satellites are expected to be launched during the upcoming years.