ISLAMABAD: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said on Wednesday that Pakistan will launch its first space mission in 2022.
While holding a press conference after the federal cabinet session, Chaudhry said that a contract has been signed between a Chinese company and Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in this regard.
This will be Pakistan’s first space mission.
Pakistan in July this year launched two of its satellites into the orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in China.
The satellites, Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) and Pakistan Technology Evaluation Satellite-1A (PakTES-1A), were propelled into space through the Chinese Long March 2C launch vehicle.
The PRSS-1 is to be mainly used in Pakistan for land resources survey, evaluation, dynamic monitoring and management, resource utilisation, environmental disaster monitoring, agricultural survey, and urban construction.
The satellite, which has a designed life of seven years, is equipped with two panchromatic/multispectral cameras, with a resolution up to a meter and a coverage range of 60 km.