ARGOS-CERTIFIED MANUFACTURER LIST
Updated March 2016
There is no direct cost to become a certified Argos manufacturer, but there is a certification process all manufacturers must go through. The process is managed by the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French Space Agency).
Full documentation of the process, paperwork, and forms are available via email, but in short the process includes sending a number of platforms to the CNES for testing.
The platforms must meet some basic requirements:
transmit output of 401.650MHz RF signal
must be able to continuously transmit for test purposes
able to connect to lab power supply if internal power is not provided
As an alternative to the manufacturer certification process, CLS offers an integrator option.
You have two options to fast track the process:
Purchase the Argos chipset from CLS directly (confirm this with Michel)
Purchase a transmitter from one of the certified Argos manufacturers (you will need to negotiate directly with these companies)