Pakistan to launch multi-mission communication satellite


Pakistan satellite

ISLAMABAD: After the successful launch of iCube Qamar, Pakistan announced to launch multi-mission communication satellite PakSAT-MM1R on May 30 in collaboration with China, terming it a hallmark of cooperation between the two friendly countries.

The announcement was made by the national space agency, the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco). According to the spokesman, PakSAT-MM1R would be launched from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Centre on May 30.

The spokesperson added that the multi-mission communication satellite PakSAT-MM1R is a joint effort of Suparco and the Chinese Aerospace Industry, and is designed to meet the country’s communication and connectivity needs.

According to Suparco, the satellite will be a major driver of Pakistan’s digital transformation and improve socioeconomic conditions. The launching ceremony will be telecasted live from the agency’s offices in Islamabad and Karachi.

iCube Qamar, Pakistan’s lunar satellite, has sent the first picture from the orbit after completing three rounds of the moon.

According to the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), iCube Qamar entered Lunar orbit on May 8.

The satellite is equipped with two cameras, which take pictures of the moon from a distance of 200 kilometres.

According to the Institute of Space Technology, the satellite ICUBE-Q has been designed and developed by IST in collaboration with China’s Shanghai University SJTU and Pakistan’s national space agency SUPARCO.

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