Space programme: Agency seeks advanced satellite technology

Published: May 5, 2012
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Satellite PAKSAT-1R- Pakistan had launched its first satellite PAKSAT-1R with the cooperation of China’s Great Wall Industry Corporation. PHOTO: FILE

Satellite PAKSAT-1R- Pakistan had launched its first satellite PAKSAT-1R with the cooperation of China’s Great Wall Industry Corporation. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

After Pakistan successfully launched communication satellite PAKSAT-1R in August 2011, the country’s space agency, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco), is looking to venture towards advanced and much sought-after high resolution remote sensing satellite system (RSSS) technology.

Expanding Pakistan’s interest in space for commercial and strategic purposes, Suparco has sent a proposal to the government for funding of the RSSS project, through which the country can attain imaging facilities currently used by advanced countries for surveillance, observations and mapping of the earth.

An official of the Suparco told The Express Tribune that the new proposal was sent to the federal government six months ago and, once it is approved, the national space agency will be able to execute it within two to three years. As part of the Space Programme 2040, the proposed satellite, which is the latest in the BADR satellite programme, 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 with the cooperation of China’s Great Wall Industry Corporation. The satellite has a useful life of 15 years and is providing television broadcasting, Internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • khalsa
    May 5, 2012 - 10:43AM

    they are there to develop and not seek from ext sources. loser agency

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  • Udaya Bose
    May 5, 2012 - 11:18AM

    “Agency seeks advanced sattelite technology”
    Try India. Reliable technology at a competitive price.

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  • abdulazeez
    May 5, 2012 - 11:48AM

    100% chinese made communication satelite called as PAKSAT-1R .

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  • Whats in the name
    May 5, 2012 - 12:12PM

    I reckon, space tech is not Nuclear Tech, which could be bought in the black and detonated. Involves Science & Tech for which investment needs to be invested in Human Resourse and other Infrastracture.

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  • s
    May 5, 2012 - 2:18PM

    they are asking for grant/funding, whats wrong with that? research requires funding!

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  • Ashvinn
    May 5, 2012 - 2:39PM

    Good move, tie up with universities that do research and development in space launch and satellites.

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  • nadeem
    May 5, 2012 - 3:48PM

    why should ask india ?why not ask from their main supplier——- Russia. Painting a rocket is not a hard job any way if indian can do it why cann`t do we do it.

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  • Polpot
    May 5, 2012 - 4:22PM

    The Space Agency seems to be like a broker between a technology provider and the Pakistanis. It doesnt believe in dirtying its hands!

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  • Rizwan
    May 5, 2012 - 5:32PM

    @abdulazeez:
    I dont know about PAKSAT, but yours is definitely 100% Russian made! And still better than your 100 years old junk nuclear submarine, which u leased from Russia, LOL!

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  • Truth Hurts
    May 5, 2012 - 5:47PM

    @khalsa:
    Lol, Look who is saying that: the worshippers of Russia and Israel!! Recommend

  • Ali
    May 5, 2012 - 6:30PM

    @nadeem:
    Hahahaha thats true!!

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  • Good decision
    May 5, 2012 - 7:32PM

    @nadeem:
    Over the next five years India will establish 200 new universities and 40 new high-level institutes. Nine additional IITs will also be established, bringing the total number of IITs to 16. This was stated by Indian human resource development minister. A sum of Rs800 billion, the biggest-ever allocation, is being set aside in the 12th five-year-plan of India (2012-2017) to propel it into a strong knowledge-based economy. How many will Pakistan build? BIG FAT: ZERO.

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  • arjun
    May 5, 2012 - 7:34PM

    @nadeem:
    one of the things blogs allow you to do is display enormous levels of ignorance and prejudice.

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  • abdulazeez
    May 5, 2012 - 7:47PM

    @ Rizwan : I am talking about the space satellite not the nuclear submarine you fool .

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  • You Said It
    May 6, 2012 - 12:50AM

    @nadeem:
    Painting a rocket is not a hard job any way if indian can do it why cann`t do we do it.

    Making up lies and jokes about others will not make us better. The fact is that India when faced with technology denial due to the Missile Technology Control Regime, developed its own launch technologies and satellite control systems. They did the same for nuclear reactors. They have certainly benefited from the early socialist policies which emphasized indegenizationan and self-reliance.

    Pakistan on the other hand has sought short-cuts in both our technology development, as well as our economy. This is a habit we will have to break if we want to develop and succeed.

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  • Godaveri
    May 6, 2012 - 7:18AM

    @Truth Hurts:
    Russia has real technology China has Dollar store technology , that is what you are getting

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