Pakistan inches towards its first imaging satellite
May 9th, 2012 | Technology Times | No Comments
STAFF REPORT KHI: After the successful launch of the communication satellite PAKSAT-IR last year, the countrys space agency, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), is all set to launch an advanced high resolution remote sensing satellite system (RSSS) technology.
Expanding Pakistans presence in the space for commercial and strategic purposes, SUPARCO, has sent a proposal to the government for financing of the RSSS project, through which the country can attain imaging facilities, currently used by advanced countries for surveying and mapping of earth, says an official of the department.
As part of Space Programme 2040, the proposed satellite, next in the BADAR series, will carry a number of engineering evaluation and scientific experiments including those from Research and Development organisations, academic institutions and other national agencies.
Pakistan had launched its first satellite PAKSAT-1R in collaboration with neighboring country China.
PAKSAT-1R, that was launched in August last year has a design life of 15 years. It provides TV broadcasting, internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East.
PAKSAT-1R project was completed by SUPARCO with the cooperation of Chinas Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC).
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