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China, Venezuela agree on construction, launch of satellite

October 06, 2014, 10:06 UTC+3 CARACAS
The space satellite will have the name of Antonio Jose de Sucre, a leader of independence war in South America
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Simon Bolivar Space Satellite Observatory in Venezuela

Simon Bolivar Space Satellite Observatory in Venezuela

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CARACAS, October 6. /TASS/. China and Venezuela have signed an agreement on construction and launch of Venezuela’s third satellite to the orbit. The space satellite will have the name of Antonio Jose de Sucre, a leader of war for independence from Spain in South America.

Venezuela’s first satellite, which was also manufactured in China, was called Simon Bolivar. It was taken to the orbit in 2008 to provide telecommunication support for social projects, including those in healthcare and education.

The second satellite, Miranda, was launched from China in 2012. It is used in Venezuela to monitor the national territory and to update the country’s maps every 40 days.

The parties in the agreement are Venezuela’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technologies and China’s Great Wall Corporation.

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