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Pakistan to launch RS satellite in 2014

Islamabad, Pakistan: The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) is considering to launch high resolution remote sensing (RS) satellite in 2014, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported.

According to the report, the RS satellite will be a progressive and sustainable programme. Initially, the commission planned to launch an optical satellite with payload of 2.5 meter PAN in 700 km sun-synchronous orbit by the end of 2011, which will be followed by a series of optical and SAR Satellites.

SUPARCO Secretary Arshad H Siraj said it would be helpful in exploiting the potentials of space technologies for natural resource surveying and environmental monitoring. The system will also be significant in executing application projects of national significance, transfer technology to users in public and private sectors as remote sensing along with its allied technologies has become an industry in itself. The SUPARCO aims at contributing to the socio-economic development of the country by demonstrating the potential of space technologies for natural resources surveying and environment monitoring, he added.

Pakistan entered the space age with the formal launching of a second hand purchased Paksat-I in January 2003. “Since then, our scientists and engineers had been making endeavours to launch indigenous satellite and ensure country’s permanent presence in the space”.

Source: The Nation