Argentina on Wednesday launched the ARSAT-2 spacecraft from a site in French Guyana, with the goal of providing telecommunication services across much of the Western hemisphere. ARSAT (Argentine Satellite Solutions), a state-owned company created in 2006, monitored the launch and operation of ARSAT-2 from the Benavídez Ground Station in northern Buenos Aires province.
President Cristina Fernandez addressed the country in a national televised broadcast after Argentina’s first geostationary satellite was successfully launched on Thursday afternoon. The head of state thanked all scientists involved in the construction of ARSAT1, and seized the opportunity to slam opposition representatives over their plans for the country.
Argentina has again selected Arianespace for its commercial launch services - this time to orbit the Argentine satellite operator's second satellite, Arsat-2.