Argentina’s Arsat preserves Ka-band orbital slot with 3-month visit from SES satellite. Now what?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Argentina’s government has avoided the loss of Ka-band rights to the 81 degrees West orbital slot by leasing an aging SES spacecraft that spent three months there — enough under international regulations to preserve Argentina’s regulatory filing.

The satellite, called Astra 1H, arrived at the Argentine slot on Sept. 4, according to satellite tracking data from NORAD. It left the slot on Jan. 11, more than fulfilling the 90-day period need to demonstrate “bringing into use” to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Otherwise Argentina’s rights to the Ka . . .

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