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12/20/13

Bolivia in SPAAAAAAAACE

Yes indeed, just a few minutes ago Bolivia joined the space community via its Tupac Katari satellite, launched  (Evo Morales went over to mission control in China, especially for the big occasion) and successfully deployed by Chinese rockets (China also helped fund most of the $300m cost of the thing via a Chinese Development Bank loan). The satellite's main job is to improve country telecommunications (most clients will be the 3m or so Bolivians who live in rural areas as yet without telco coverage) and joins Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela on the list of South American countries with their own machines in SPAAAAAAACE.