Argentina launches Latin America's first local-technology satellite
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Argentina launches Latin America's first local-technology satellite

Argentina has launched its first domestically built communications satellite.

The ARSAT-1 satellite launched Thursday is the first to be constructed with local technology in Latin America. It was built by a crew of about 500 scientists over seven years at a cost of $250 million.

The satellite was launched from a base in French Guiana and is to orbit 22,000 (36,000 kilometers) above Earth.

It’s designed to provide digital television and cellphone services to Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

ARSAT-1 is also expected to improve telephone and Internet connections in remote places, including for scientists are working in the Antarctic region.