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Bolivian Communications satellite Starts to Pay Off
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2016-04-13

LA PAZ, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Bolivia has collected 33 million U.S. dollars through the services of the Tupac Katari communications satellite after two years of operation, the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) announced Saturday.

The satellite is currently using 60 percent of its capacity to benefit 25 Bolivian companies, according to ABE.

Tupac Katari, named after an Aymara warrior who fought Spanish invasion in the 18th century, was launched into orbit aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket from southwest Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Dec. 21, 2013.

The satellite was produced by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) with a designed longevity of 15 years.