Historic Day: Pakistan Launches 2 Satellites with Chinese Help

Pakistan finally has launched two satellites in space. Both of them were successfully launched earlier today onboard the Chinese Long March (LM-2C) Vehicle.

Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), PRSS1 is Pakistan’s first ever optical remote sensing satellite which has been sent to the predefined orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center located in Northwest China.

The second object to be launched in space is PAK-TES-1A, a test Satellite. It has been developed by Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO).

PAK-TES-1A Test Satellite launched in pakistan

India already has a number of satellites up and running and delivering loads of data from up in the sky. With the recent developments, Pakistan finally has the capability to do so as well. Earlier, the country was reliant on other satellite imagery providers for crop monitoring, disaster monitoring and management, defence purposes, strategic planning and whatnot.

The two satellites were launched at 11:56 am in China with PRSS-1 being the 17th satellite developed by CAST for an overseas buyer. While Pakistan and China already have a communication satellite named PAKSAT-1R in the orbit which was launched back in August 2011, the PRSS-1 is the first with optical remote sensing capabilities, meaning that Pakistan will no longer have to rely on foreign satellites for data acquisition.

Pakistan China 2 Satellites Project

The remote sensing data will now be readily available in real-time, addressing a plethora of issues including crop health monitoring, resource monitoring, urban planning and monitoring to name a few.

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  • again great work china

    just dreaming a day when will china overtake Pakistan completely, at least we will be prosperous and can live a good life !!!!!!!

    • Keep dreaming brother, with the attitude we have, even if China takes over Pakistan, we will be still here. We need to change ourselves, we don’t need anyone else.

    • IF USA takes over tab bhi baat banti hai. China to apni hi awaam ki itni maarta hai bhai aap idhr bohat achay ja rahe hain… I have first hand experience. Chinese have no social life, only work work work and die

  • It’s not a historic day. That day will come, when SUPARCO regain their lost capabilities(Their wings). We were once among the most advanced nations in the world.

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