Pakistan has finally launched its first-ever Remote Sensing satellite (PRSS-1) and indigenous Technology Evaluation Satellite (PakTES-1A) in space, according to the Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform. Both the satellites were fully operational on Saturday 9th August 2018 and scheduled to launch in the Earth’s orbit from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre.
“After the successful tests in the orbit, the #satellites are fully operational and today, the control of PRSS-1 Satellite has been successfully transferred to Ground Control Stations in #Pakistan,” said Ministry of Planning, development, and Reform.
PakTES-1A satellite weighed around 285-kg equipped with optical payload commensurate and national needs, to increase the span of local Space program it has a design life of three years. After its launch, Pakistan will become one of the few countries to have a Remote Sensing satellite orbiting around the Earth. The satellite is designed by SUPARCO’s engineers and has installed with optical payload, Global Positioning System (GPS) and Geographical Information System (GIS).
PakTES-1A and PAKSAT-1R will function from a specific Altitude which is 640 km and 610 km, the remote sensing satellite is fitted with lots of Cameras and sensors which would help to study Geographical changes, Climate, Mineral deposits, Monitor environment especially Floods, drought, melting of Polar ice caps, and many other problems related to our Climate.
These two satellites also help the country in Agriculture assessment and classification, Urban and Rural planning and management, and water resource distribution. On this Occasion, President Mamnoon Hussain congratulates and appreciated the efforts of SUPARCO engineers to achieve such a great milestone on 71st Independence Day, he also added that by introducing this technology in Pakistan further strengthen and help Space engineers to build such projects.
Not forget to Mention that on 9th July, Pakistan had launched a locally manufactured satellite with the help of a Chinese Long March 2C rocket. At that time, these too transported to China for that launch because Pakistan lacks Rocket launching base facilities.