Saturday, August 25, 2012


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Pakistan?s first Communications Satellite PAKSAT-1R, as a part of Pakistan?s Space Programme-2040, was launched today at 2117 hrs (PST) on board China?s Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. Besides others, launch was witnessed by Secretary Defence Lt Gen Syed Athar Ali (R), Secretary Foreign Affairs Mr. Salman Bashir, Director General, Strategic Plans Division Lt Gen Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R) and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Mr. Muhammad Masood Khan. PAKSAT-1R has a total of 30 transponders, 12 in C-band and 18 in Ku-band. The satellite will be deployed at 380E in the Geo-stationary orbit and it will replace the existing satellite PAKSAT-1. PAKSAT-1R has a design life of 15 years and will provide TV broadcasting, Internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East. This satellite now enables extending of communication services to all areas of Pakistan. It may be recalled that the National Command Authority (NCA) recently approved Pakistan?s Space Programme-2040 during its meeting at the Strategic Plans Division (SPD) on 14 July 2011. Earlier, the contract for the development of PAKSAT-1R was signed between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) in October 2008 during the visit of the President of Pakistan to China. Pakistani engineers have worked closely with their Chinese counterparts during all ?
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