Pakistan’s first remote sensing satellites become functional

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August 15, 2018
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Pakistan’s first remote sensing satellite (PRSS-1) and Pakistan’s indigenous Technology Evaluation Satellite (PakTES-1A) have become fully operational on Saturday which was launched earlier in July.

According to the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, after making it functional, control of PRSS-1 Satellite has been successfully transferred from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China to Ground Control Stations in Pakistan. In this regard, President Mamnoon Hussain applauded the efforts of SUPARCO’s engineers and scientists in achieving a yet another milestone in the space sector, proudly on Pakistan’s 71st Independence Day.

The PakTES-1A is a 285-kg satellite to give a boost to its local space programme. It has a design life of three years. With its launch, Pakistan has become one of the few countries to have its own remote sensing satellite in the orbit. The PakTES-1A, indigenously designed and developed by SUPARCO’s engineers, is equipped with an optical payload, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS).

On the other hand, the PRSS1 is a Remote Sensing Satellite (RSS) and is fitted with cameras and sensors which will be used to study various geographical details, including determination of mineral deposits, climate and weather impacts such as melting glaciers, forest fires, greenhouse gases, and problems related to forestry and agriculture as well.

The two satellites will also aid the country in agriculture classification and assessment, urban and rural planning and water resource management.

On 9th July, Pakistan just launched two indigenously (locally) manufactured satellites into orbit using a Chinese Long March 2C rocket. The satellites were transported to China as the country lacks the infrastructure to launch objects into space. Chinese Long March-2C rockets are mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits.

 

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