Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) announced at World Space Week 2017 that the country will launch its first remote sensing satellite called PRSS-1 in March 2018.
Speaking on the occasion, SUPARCO also added that Pakistan will no longer have to pay huge sums to foreign space companies for satellite dependent data, subsequent to the successful launch of PRSS-1.
Ayaz Aziz, a prominent member of SUPARCO Range and Instrumentation (R&I), said that Pakistan had also sent PakSat-1R into space in the past, the successful launch of which has encouraged the national space agency to send its first optical satellite in the near future.
“Our first optical remote sensing satellite PRSS-1 is all set to be launched in 2018 with which Pakistan will become self-reliant in multispectral imaging thus saving a huge foreign exchange on account of satellite imagery and satellite-based monitoring of various national projects. Our communication satellite Paksat-1R is up and running with efficient provision of communication and broadcast services throughout the country and neighboring regions.” said Aziz at the ceremony.
For those who are unaware about the World Space Week 2017, it’s an annual ceremony which is officially defined as, “An international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.”
The ceremony was held at the Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad. Chairman of SUPARCO, Qaiser Anees Khurram inaugurated the ceremony as the chief guest. The World Space Week will be celebrated in 16 cities of Pakistan from 4th till 10th October.