The satellite, built entirely in Argentina, was stabilized in its orbit while waiting to deploy its 35 square meter radar antenna. This process will be completed 24 hours after its launch.
Argentina´s President Alberto Fernandez praised the SAOCOM 1B satellite’s importance and said that “it will provide key data for agricultural production and emergency management. Science and technology are at the service of Argentina's development."
"Thank you all. I am very happy and amazed because Argentina is one of those ten countries that have been able to orbit their own satellites. I have always said that the wealth of societies lies in the development of education, knowledge, and technology,” he added.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the SAOCOM 1B satellite for CONAE Argentina space agency on 30 August 2020 After releasing SAOCOM 1B around 14 minutes into the mission, the Falcon 9 deployed two smaller satellites named GNOMES 1 and Tyvak 0172 about an hour after liftoff.SpaceX pic.twitter.com/5QwrXd2LPv