China successfully sent a Bolivian communications satellite into orbit with its Long March 3-B carrier rocket in the wee hours of the morning from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, after which Xi Jinping sent a message of congratulations to Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma.
Bolivia’s first communications satellite was produced by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation and is meant to have a longevity of 15 years, Xinhua reports. President Morales was present during the launch.
The satellite is named Tupac Katari 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.
“The satellite will play an important role for Bolivia to improve its broadcasting, education and medical services. It will make important contributions to promote cooperation between China and Latin American countries,” Xi said.