China trains Bolivia's first satellite operators
BEIJING, Oct 28, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Bolivia's first satellite operators
graduated from China's Shenzhou Institute on Monday, and they will
now look forward to managing Bolivia's first telecommunication
satellite, which will be launched by China in December.
Some 78 Bolivian professionals have concluded their courses in
China, with the training forming part of the Tupac Katari satellite
project (TKSAT-1) between China and the Andean country.
According to the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC),
the company in charge of the training, the graduates have studied the
theories and practise of satellite management, so as to help improve
telecommunication, education and health services after they return
"With these young talents well prepared, Bolivia's long space
dream will be fulfilled," said Guillermo Chalup Liendo, Bolivian
ambassador to China, at the trainees' graduation ceremony in Beijing,
encouraging the technicians to dedicate themselves to developing
Bolivia's space technology.
The Bolivian government said earlier this month that the
satellite, once in operation, will have a positive impact on the
country's economy, and its benefits will be shared by the rest of
Li Lan, deputy general manager of the telecom satellite department
of CGWIC, noted that personnel training has become an important part
of the corporation's satellite export service.
She said that the training program has provided the intellectual
support for space program cooperation, explaining, "Besides Bolivia,
we have also trained professionals for Nigeria, Pakistan and
Venezuela. Many of the trainees have become founders of these
countries' aerospace industry."
The TKSAT-1 project is the CGWIC's fifth integrated satellite
export worldwide, and the second to South America, following the
successful launch of the communication satellite Venesat-1 for
Venezuela in 2008.
Besides the training program, the company's export services
include the satellite's construction, testing and launch, as well as
the installation of ground control stations.
China has so far completed 37 commercial launches for
international clients with 43 satellites sent into orbit, according
to data from the CGWIC, a subsidiary of the state-owned China
Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation.
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