Argentina set to launch satellite

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BUENOS AIRES (Xinhua) – Argentina is preparing for the launch of the first of four satellites into space to help monitor geological conditions and manage disasters. Argentin’s Microwave Observation Satellite, the SAOCOM 1-A, will be shipped later this month to the US Vandenberg Air Force Base in the southern state of California, where it is to be launched in September, according to the National Space Activities Commission (CONAE). Its powerful antenna is capable of sensing up to two meters below the earth, to collect data useful for agriculture, fishing, mining, geology, urban development and disaster management.

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