Thursday, 22 April 2021 04:22 GMT

China Launches Communications Satellite for Bolivia


(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) China successfully sent a Bolivian communications satellite into orbit with its Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 0:42 a.m (Beijing Time) Saturday. Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma was present, the first time a foreign head of state has witnessed a satellite launch in China, according to Chinese News Agency (Xinhua). The satellite was produced by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) with a designed longevity of 15 years. It is Bolivia's first communications satellite. The satellite is named Tupac Kamari in homage to an 18th century indigenous hero who fought Bolivia's Spanish colonizers. Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a message of congratulations to President Morales, saying the successful development and launch of the satellite represents the latest achievements and level of cooperation between China and Bolivia in the field of science and technology.


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