Pakistan Aims to Launch Remote Sensing Satellite in 2018
Pakistan aims to launch its first ever remote sensing satellite in the year 2018, currently in the development progress, said Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission of Pakistan (Suparco) chairman Qaisar Anees Khurram said on Monday.
While providing details about the successful launch of Pakistan’s Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1), Pakistan will attain another landmark by achieving self-sufficiency in the observation of earth via satellite remote sensing, he said at the inauguration ceremony of World Space Week held at National Centre for Remote Sensing and Geo Informatics.
Usage of PRSS-1
This satellite will mainly be used for monitoring China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects, Federal Development and Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal have already announced on April 2016 about the details of its usage while signing an agreement between China Great Wall Industry Corporation and Suparco.
International Space Industry has played a vital role in making human life better. This year’s theme ‘Remote Sensing: Enabling our Future’ elaborates the importance of earth observation and study from space satellites for uplifting human race, creating a better lifestyle, he said. The theme also highlights the pros of remote sensing and the usage of satellite imagery, providing a stimulation in market growth and revolutionizing such powerful tools having a positive impact on human life in the near future, Khurram further added.
Suparco also launched a space bus under the program of their Mobile Space Education Bus. Through this unique program, we aim to reach students belonging from remote areas and create awareness while educating them, Suparco official said.
This bus has a seating capacity of more than 80 students, providing them the ability to view educational videos. The bus will travel to the remote areas of interior Sindh and also cover the suburbs of Karachi, Suparco official further added.
Furthermore, Suparco aims to work in collaboration with Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Planetarium Karachi to organize sky simulation lectures and shows for school students, starting from October 18th to October 21st as part of the Space Week Program.
The Space Week will conclude into a two-day space family fair activity held at PAF Museum on October 22nd and 23rd. This family fair provides an opportunity to have a detailed know how about space environment by guidance of activities such as sky observation, micro-gravity experiments, robotic manipulator, space movie theatre. University project competitions will be held at this event, including model making competition and showcasing satellite models. The activities under the program of World Space Week will be held in 14 major cities across the country within the same time frame.