Pakistan is planning to replace PAKSAT-1 with a new communication satellite PAKSAT-1R and hopefully it will be launched on August 14, 2011. The satellite will support all conventional and modern Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) applications, will use the geostationary orbit, and acquire a constant height of 36,000km above the surface of earth crust.
Manager PAKSAT (SUPARCO) Waseem-ul Hassan in an interview with APP said that the satellite will have a total of up to 30 transponders and life time of the satellite would be 15 years. Giving some more details about the satellite, he said it would carry the communication pay-load that consists of internet broadband, TV channels distributions, tele-medicine and tele-education.
He mentioned that work on the project is started with full bloom, and the measurements are taken to make it perfect and a long-term loans are also made for this project. Manager PAKSAT said, as per the technology achievements in the region, Pakistan has to make fast and competitive progress in the technology of space sciences. Some more satellites would also be launched in the next years by Pakistan, he added.
“It is a right time for Pakistan to make such progresses while the eyes of world are on us”. In future such contributions, that make the Pakistan in every field a proud one, will be made and always be made for not only to assist Pakistani nation but to give a big helping hand to whole humanity, he maintained.