INVAP S.E. is an Argentine company that provides design, integration, construction and delivery of equipment, plants and devices. The company operates in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa, and delivers projects for nuclear, aerospace, chemical, medical, petroleum and governmental sectors.
INVAP holds a close relationship with the Argentine Commission of Atomic Energy (CNEA) and the Argentine Space Commission (CONAE), institutions with which it has jointly accomplished major projects. The company is related to numerous international organizations, such as the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO) and the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (AEA).
INVAP was created in 1976, as a spin-off of the Argentine Autonomic Energy Commission, research laboratories division. The company is an unlisted private company, the sole owner being the Province of Rio Negro. The company is headquartered in San Carlos de Bariloche and employs 1,330 people (as per 2015), from which 59% are highly qualified professionals.
INVAP was the first company in Latin America certified by NASA to supply space technologies. It manufactures satellites, payloads, and ground stations, including the SAC (Satelites de Aplicación Científica) satellite family, developed for the Argentine space agency CONAE. INVAP was the first company in Latin America to provide design, development, mission control and operational support. The SAC-D was put into orbit on June 9th, 2011, carrying several scientific payloads, including NASA's 100 million USD Aquarius project, which will measure the oceans' sanity.
In 2007 the Argentinian government by law created a company named ARSAT, formerly NahuelSat, Argentina’s first commercial satellite operator for the manufacturing and operations of communications satellites and founded in 1992 by European companies, Aerospatiale, Daimler-Chrysler and Alenia Spazio.
The first communications satellite entirely built in Argentina was the ARSat-1 that was launched in 2014. ARSat-2 satellite, was launched in September 2015 and the third ARSat satellite is scheduled to be launched in 2016.