Pak, China take space collaboration further

Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) signed a contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for the development and launch of Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) system.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal and President of CGWIC Yin Liming inked the historic agreement.
PRSS-1 will be the first remote sensing satellite of Pakistan with multiple applications that will significantly assist the socio-economic and infrastructure development activities in the country. The project assumes greater importance in the backdrop of the ongoing gigantic China Pakistan Economic Corridor project. It will also be utilized to help in various aspects of disaster management such as floods forecasting and damage assessment. Its use will also be expanded into the areas of mapping forestry and urban development. Besides socio economic benefits, the PRSS-1 will also serve the needs of the national security especially in the context of security and border surveillance.
PRSS-1 will be a high resolution Electro Optical Earth Observation Satellite having a life of more than seven years. The system contract consists of one satellite, two ground control stations and a comprehensive know-how transfer program. The satellite will be launched in June 2018 from China. An indigenously developed experimental satellite by SUPARCO will also be co-launched with the PRSS-1.
The cooperation between Pakistan and China in the space domain will open new vistas of socio economic and scientific cooperation giving boost to the historic interstate cordial relations in other fields.
China had helped Pakistan in launching Pak-sat IR from Xichang Satellite Launch center in south west Sichuan province, which replaced Pak-sat 1.

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