Pakistan: Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) is in the process of acquiring the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in collaboration with China, which will give a boost to its satellite communication technology.
The announcement was made at the first symposium and exhibition on ‘Global navigation satellite system and its applications’. The two-day event was jointly organised by Suparco and China Satellite Navigation Office.
Discussing the importance of the navigation system, Suparco chairman retired major general Ahmed Bilal said that the symposium and exhibition was the first milestone for a regularised development of this technology in Pakistan.
He said that the technology, which was emerging in Pakistan with great success and at a very fast pace, had tremendous applications in the field of surveying and mapping, construction and deformation monitoring, transport and aviation management, mining and agriculture among others.
‘Pakistan is rich in mineral resources and an efficient system of surveying is the demand of our industry,’ he said, adding that computerisation of land parcel had also been undertaken by the government, while the Civil Aviation Authority was planning to deploy space-based and ground-based infrastructure in line with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommendations and assuring the transition to GNSS.
Bilal thanked China for its continuous assistance to Pakistan that he described as `timely, reliable and selfless’ and based on equality and respect for Pakistan`s national sovereignty. He expressed gratitude to the Chinese for choosing Pakistan for the first-ever Beidou application and demonstration outside China.