Thursday, October 30, 2008

Chinese Space Technicians in Venezuela

The satellite launches into orbit


Venezuela launches its first satellite into orbit,
with the help of China

The country of Venezuela successfully launched its first satellite into orbit aboard a Chinese Long March 3II rocket. The Venesat-1 launch took place at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China.
Three months of satellite maintenance tests must be carried out, and then the satellite will go online in 2009.

The satellite's reach will span from southern Mexico to Argentina. Nations within coverage range will have the opportunity to use the satellite for telecommunications purposes, Venezuela officials said.

Venezuela joins Brazil, Mexico and Argentina as the only Latin American nations that have satellites in space. Venezuela plans to continue research for future satellite projects, but did not specify what kind of projects it's interested in.

The satellite will be monitored at a new space facility in Venezuela, alongside Chinese space technicians who will be assigned to the facility.

( From DailyTech article )

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