BEIJING: China is all set to launch Pakistan’s communication satellite into space at an appropriate time in the coming days, a Chinese news service said on Wednesday.
According to Xinhua news, a spokesman for the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province said Wednesday the satellite, the PAKSAT-1R, will be carried by a Long March-3B carrier rocket.
PAKSAT-1R will replace PAKSAT-1 which is likely to complete its useful life this year.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to China, Masood Khan said the launch will broaden the horizons of cooperation between the two countries.
“Launching of a communication satellite is going to be a symbolic development in Pakistan-China relations, as this will broaden the horizons of our cooperation,” he said.
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