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Pakistan to set up RS satellite centres with Chinese aid

Islamabad, Pakistan: China will help Pakistan in setting up Remote Sensing Satellite System (RSSS) in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi after playing pivotal role in launching Pakistan satellite-1R on August 12, 2011, Pakistan Observer reported.

The cost of RSSS project, that is to be set up in four cities, has been worked out at PKR 19.695 billion with local component of PKR 3.560 billion and foreign exchange component of PKR 16.617 billion, a senior official told Pakistan Observer.

“For the said project, Chinese will also provide the concessional loans,” the official added. China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) has confirmed that the country is ready to help Pakistan in launching its first remote sensing satellite.

The official also informed that Chinese side has further indicated that due to heavy commitments of various organisations under China national space administration for Chinese domestic space programme, it is highly desirable to speed up the process from Pakistan side to avoid delays during execution stage.

The RSSS project is part of National Satellite Development Program which will help in capacity building for space technology and its application in Pakistan, institutional capacity building of SUPARCO (Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission) and relevant organisation along with promotions of R &D activities in the design and development of space technology and applications.

Source: Pakistan Observer