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Uploaded on Oct 30, 2008

Venesat I: Chavez Celebrates Satellite into Orbit

Caracas, Oct 29 (Prensa Latina) President Hugo Chavez highlighted the launching of Venezuelan new satellite Simon Bolivar, product of Chinese-Venezuelan program Venesat I, which represents a vital event for sovereignty, social development and construction of socialism in Venezuela.

Accompanied by Bolivian President Evo Morales in the Luepa Station in the Venezuelan state of Bolivar, Chavez saw the launching of the satellite from China, and was thankful to the Chinese government for the scientific collaboration.

He also thanked the Uruguayan government for the cession of the space orbit to locate the satellite, which cost 400 million dollars.

The Bolivian President, Evo Morales, congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart, for the successful launching of the satellite Venesat I Simon Bolivar and said it will guarantee the sovereignty in telecommunications in the region.

"The business of telecommunications won't be private anymore; it will no longer be for the exploitation of our peoples. Now the satellite will give us that human right," Morales pointed out.

A work coming from the Chinese-Venezuelan cooperation that included the preparation of some 90 professionals of the South American country in aerospace specialties, the device at a cost of 406 million dollars will be located in the 78-West hemispheric orbit, given by Uruguay.

At a distance of 22,370 miles of the Earth, the satellite will allow the development of tele-medicine and education programs at distance with the collaboration of other Latin American countries.

The satellite will benefit other Latin American countries like Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Uruguay and others, helping scientific independence, culture and technology.

Chavez said that now Venezuela will save millions of dollars a year in this field.

The satellite had a departing date scheduled for November 1st in occasion of the three years since the signing of the production contract with Chinese engineers, but the date was planned in advance because of protocol reasons.

The satellite will have a warranty of 15 years, at a fixed orbit of 78 degrees west, at 36,500 meters (119,750 feet) high.

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