On Dec. 13, 2010, China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), and the Bolivian Space Agency (ABE) signed the Contract for Tupak Katari Communications Satellite Program in La Paz, the administrative capital city of Bolivia. Mr. Ivan Zambrana, Executive General Director of ABE, and Mr. Yin Liming, President of CGWIC, executed the contract as the representative of each party.
According to the contract, CGWIC is going to deliver Tupak Katari communications satellite in orbit and the relevant ground application system to Bolivia. The satellite will be developed on the basis of the DFH-4 platform, which is manufactured by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST). With 30 transponders on board, the designed in-orbit life of Tupak Katari satellite is 15 years. It will be launched by the LM-3B/E launch vehicle developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), from Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC). China Satellite Launch & Tracking Control General (CLTC) is responsible for the ground segment. The satellite is estimated to be delivered in orbit 33 months after the effective date of the contract.
The spacecraft, named after a national hero, Tupac Katari, will be the first communications satellite of Bolivia. It will not only provide communications and broadcasting services to the whole territory of Bolivia and the surrounding areas, but also facilitate the development of civil projects like remote education and telemedicine.
This is the sixth communications satellite in-orbit delivery contract signed by CGWIC with international customer. The project opens a new page of Sino-Bolivia aerospace high technology cooperation, and is attached great importance by both parties. China Development Bank is going to provide commercial loan support for Tupak Katari satellite program.