Pakistan launches PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A satellites

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – July 10, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan launched the remote sensing satellite-one (PRSS-1) at 0857 hours (Pakistan standard time (PST)) along-with Pakistan technology evaluation satellite-oneA (PakTES-1A), indigenously designed and developed by space and upper atmosphere research commission (SUPARCO) engineers, on Monday by LM-2C/SMA launch vehicle from Jiuquan satellite center in China.

According to an official statement, the 1,200 kilograms (kg) satellite PRSS-1 will operate at an altitude of 640 kilometers (km). Meanwhile, PakTES-1A is a 285 kg satellite equipped with an optical payload commensurate with national needs. It has a design life of three years and will operate at an altitude of 610 km.

The satellites will enable Pakistan to meet its imagery requirements in the areas of land mapping, agriculture classification and assessment, urban and rural planning, environmental monitoring, natural disaster management and water resource management for socio-economic development.

The successful implementation of PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A projects has further strengthened the space cooperation between Pakistan and China for future collaborations.

The caretaker prime minister (PM) Nasir-ul-Mulk assured the nation and SUPARCO of complete support for further advancement in space technology, vital for socio-economic development and national security.

“Our scientists and engineers are the source of pride for the nation and the country,” Mulk said.