Pak­istan to launch satel­lite next year

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Pak­istan will launch its first in­dige­nously de­vel­oped com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite on Au­gust 14, 2011, from a fa­cil­ity in China and its life span will be 15 years.

Ac­cord­ing to sources in Space and Up­per At­mos­phere Re­search Com­mis­sion (Su­parco), the satel­lite would be launched at a lon­gi­tude of 38 de­grees in geo­sta­tion­ary or­bit on the equa­to­rial plane at an al­ti­tude of 36,000km above the earth's sur­face.

Pak­sat-1R will carry a com­mu­ni­ca­tions pay­load to fa­cil­i­tate the in­tro­duc­tion of a range of new ser­vices, in­clud­ing broad­band in­ter­net, dig­i­tal TV dis­tri­bu­tion/broad­cast­ing, re­mote/ru­ral tele­phony, emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions, telee­d­u­ca­tion and tele-medicine.

The con­tract for Pak­istan Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Satel­lite (Pak­sat-1R) was signed be­tween Su­parco and China Great Wall In­dus­try Cor­po­ra­tion (CGWIC), a Chi­nese firm, on Oc­to­ber 15, 2008, of­fi­cial sources main­tained.

Work on the ex­e­cu­tion of the con­tract be­gan soon af­ter and is

pro­gress­ing as sched­uled, the sources said, adding that the con­tract in­volved var­i­ous other projects, in­clud­ing in­fra­struc­ture and there­fore it was dif­fi­cult to in­vest an ex­act cost on the satel­lite it­self.

Of­fi­cial sources fur­ther said that at least two new satel­lites

Pak­sat-1R and Pak­istan Re­mote Sens­ing Satel­lite (PRSS) - would be launched in the near fu­ture.

The satel­lites have been de­vel­oped with tech­ni­cal and fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance of China.

At present, Pak­istan has a com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite, Pak­sat-1, in or­bit, pro­vid­ing cov­er­age across Europe, Africa, the Mid­dle East, Cen­tral Asia and the South Asian sub­con­ti­nent.

It is be­ing used by TV broad­cast­ers, tele­com com­pa­nies, data and broad­band in­ter­net ser­vice providers and govern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Pak­sat-1R will re­place Pak­sat-1, a leased satel­lite, to en­sure continuity of ser­vice.

In 1990s, Pak­istan also op­er­ated a small satel­lite, Badr-A, in low earth or­bit. how­ever, the coun­try's mod­est space pro­gramme has been ori­ented to­wards re­mote sens­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

Pak­istan and China have agreed to en­hance strate­gic co­or­di­na­tion, ad­vance prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion and work to­gether to meet chal­lenges in pur­suit of com­mon devel­op­ment.

In a joint state­ment is­sued af­ter con­clu­sion of Chi­nese Prime Min­is­ter Wen Ji­abao's visit to Pak­istan, they de­clared 2011 as the "Year of Chi­naPak­istan Friend­ship", and de­cided to hold a se­ries of ac­tiv­i­ties in the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, trade, mil­i­tary, cul­tural, sport­ing and ed­u­ca­tion fields, to warmly cel­e­brate the 60th an­niver­sary of the es­tab- lish­ment of Pak-China diplo­matic re­la­tions.

They de­cided to fur­ther im­ple­ment the Frame­work Agree­ment be­tween SU­PARCO and China Na­tional Space Ad­min­is­tra­tion (CNSA) on Deep­en­ing Co­op­er­a­tion in Space Sci­ence and Technology.

In this con­text, they expressed sat­is­fac­tion on their joint col­lab­o­ra­tion in fab­ri­ca­tion and launch­ing of satel­lites. When con­tacted, Pak­sat GM Col. Muham­mad Latif con­firmed that Pak­istan's new com­mu­ni­ca­tion satel­lite would be launched in 2011. -App

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