Lanzado en 2000, se mantiene actualmente en buen funcionamiento, a pesar de que se le estimaba un tiempo de vida de tan solo 4 años. Se trata de un satélite de observación de la superficie terrestre, de 485 kg de peso. Tiene como misión el monitoreo del ambiente y de catástrofes naturales. Los países asociados a esta misión son: Estados Unidos, Italia, Dinamarca, Francia y Brasil.
Three months before celebrating its thirteenth anniversary of its orbit , communication with the Argentine SAC - C was lost suddenly on 15 August. From the last few months I was working on the preparation of its orbit and drop off the end because they had concluded that his health deteriorated and he had reached the end of its useful life which far exceeded the projected five years.
The SAC- C was the third satellite launched by CONAE on November 21, 2000 and was the first operational Earth observation , designed to meet the requirements of socio- productive areas of our country : agriculture , hydrology , coastlines , geology , health emergencies.
Not only optical cameras developed in the country , made up the payload of the platform, but other instruments such as the U.S. space agency (NASA ), Italian (ASI ), France ( CNES ) and Danish ( DSRI ), which estimate various parameters of the atmosphere, outer space magnetic field , while the Brazilian agency ( AEB / INPE ) provided laboratories and facilities for environmental testing prior to launch.
Users were many, resulted in formation of human resources, both in the academic , professional and educational.
He was part of the Morning Constellation by the Landsat 7 and Terra EO- 1.
Many projects were developed with data, including the Atlas of Argentina who captured every part of the country.
Many people were monitoring him daily from the Mission Control Center in Teófilo Tabanera Space Center in Cordoba.
Its first Principal Investigator Dr. Raul Colomb wanted stimulated further development and use.
NASA, the main partner of the project, was always giving unconditional support throughout the mission.
Now we fire him and thank him for his "services" , and as a gift is one of his last pictures of the Pampas in late March 2013.