Simón Bolívar, the Venezuelan satellite, is about to get some company in orbit. And his baby brother’s name is Tupac Katari:
Translation mine.Yep, it’s looking more and more like Evo is the Little Injun That Could…put Bolivia in orbit. Now, why couldn’t any of his white, neoliberal-capitalist predecessors think of something like that?
A tripartite commission attended by representatives of the governments of Bolivia and China and the International Telecommunications Union (UIT) will meet in La Paz in late October to discuss the construction and launch of the Tupac Katari satellite, according to the Minister of Public Works, Walter Delgadillo.Delgadillo said that the commission will evaluate technological proposals and will identify means of financing the Bolivian satellite so that it will be in orbit in no more than 36 months. “The Government has decided to create a Bolivian Space Agency to define the process, timeline and activities to launch Tupac Katari into orbit,” said Delgadillo. He added that the business and governmental entities that will be using the satellite’s channels are currently spending a total of $10 million US.“When Bolivia has its own satellite, these costs will be reduced by half, not including the added value of using it for various activities which will sustain development,” Delgadillo said.The total cost of the satellite, according to preliminary estimations, will require an investment of $200-300 million US.