First Pakistani will go into space in 2022: information minister

Published: October 25, 2018
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PHOTO COURTESY: PTI

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry. PHOTO COURTESY: PTI

Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday said the country would send a human to space in 2022.

The minister added that it would be the success of the country’s space programme. He added that Chinese assistance would be sought in this matter.

Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle.

The satellites were launched onboard a Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China.

One of the satellites launched was a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite. With the PRSS1, Pakistan has become one of the few countries to have its own remote sensing satellite in the orbit.

The second test satellite launched was a PAK-TES-1A, developed by Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (Suparco) to enhance satellite manufacture capabilities in the country.

According to an official speaking on the condition of anonymity, it would help end the country’s dependency on commercial satellites for information related to weather, environment and agriculture.

The satellites were transported to China as the country lacks the infrastructure to launch objects, the official explained.





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  • Insaaf Hussain
    Oct 25, 2018 - 4:43PM

    That would be good use of IMF loan.Recommend

  • Rex
    Oct 25, 2018 - 7:16PM

    @Insaaf Hussain:
    Agreed, you are right. That would be good use of the loan as well as of friendly countries’ help.Recommend

  • Wasim Baig
    Oct 25, 2018 - 8:49PM

    Wouldn’t it be really cool, if the first Pakistani in space was a woman! Alhamdulillah, now that would be a real change!Recommend

  • zard
    Oct 25, 2018 - 10:47PM

    Yeah that’s a high priority. NOT!Recommend

  • nobody
    Oct 25, 2018 - 10:51PM

    Russia is always willing to sell passage to space – you just have to write a check. Like most of our dealings with Russia – they want money and we don’t have much. Recommend

  • Brijesh Kumar
    Oct 26, 2018 - 5:25AM

    Let it be Hafiz Saeed.Recommend

  • Vineeth
    Oct 26, 2018 - 9:37AM

    If Pakistan is somehow trying to beat India in this, try doing it with your own rocket and spacecraft. India already sent a person to space in a Soviet spacecraft back in the 1980s and it is not considered any big achievement for any nation. The stated Indian attempt for 2022 is to launch a person on its own spacecraft.Recommend

  • Saadeqa khan
    Oct 26, 2018 - 6:50PM

    Nearly all professional astronomers have a Ph.D. This normally requires two years of astronomy courses, doing research projects, and then two to three years doing a doctoral dissertation, which is a major research project. There can be a training session of six to one year for the persons going first time in space.

    So now let me know whether it is possible by 2022 however no recruitment has been made by SUPARCO so far.Recommend

  • question
    Jan 11, 2019 - 7:41PM

    Will he come back ?Recommend

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