China, Bolivia Kick Off Communications Satellite Project [Xinhua]
Bolivian President Evo Morales was in Beijing for the formal launch of a joint Bolivian-Chinese project to send the South American country’s first communications satellite into orbit by late 2013 or early 2014, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported Aug. 10.
The Tupac Katari satellite, named after an indigenous leader who fought Spanish colonizers in the 1780s, is expected to provide telecommunication services and support Bolivian educational and medical initiatives.
The Bolivian space agency and China Great Wall Industry Corp. signed the satellite deal in December. Once completed, Tupac Katari will be launched from the Xichang satellite launch center in southwestern China.