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China Trains Bolivia's First Satellite Operators
SOURCE: Xinhua     UPDATED: 2013-11-08

BEIJING, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) -- 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 Bolivia.

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.