Argentina bets on $600m satellite to boost agriculture

Argentina is launching a new microwave imaging satellite to monitor natural disasters and soil moisture in a long-term bid to bolster the farm sector, an industry that has historically been the backbone of the country’s economy. Scheduled to launch on a SpaceX Falcon rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on October 6, Argentina’s Saocom 1a satellite “is going to boost the high-quality precision agriculture Argentina relies on,” President Mauricio Macri told farmers and industry representatives…
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