China Launches Two Sensing Satellites for Pakistan to Monitor CPEC - Pictures & Video – Research Snipers

China Launches Two Sensing Satellites for Pakistan to Monitor CPEC – Pictures & Video

China has launched two sensing satellites for Pakistan to monitor the mega CPEC project. At 11:56 a.m. on Monday China launched the satellites on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

PRSS-1 is first optical remote sensing satellite of China that is sold to Pakistan and overall the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for a foreign buyer.

Here are the videos of the satellite

Pictures of the satellite 

Uses of PRSS-1

  • Survey of Land & Resources
  • Monitor Natural Disasters
  • Agriculture Research
  • Urban construction
  • Remote Sensing Information for CPEC projects

PakTES-1A is a scientific experiment satellite developed by Pakistan that was sent into the orbit through the same rocket. As it is sent into the orbit PRSS-1  is now in better condition with its solar panels unfolded smoothly.

The satellite has a designed life of seven years. It has a couple of panchromatic/multispectral cameras having a resolution up to a meter and a 60 km coverage range.

As per design experts, the cameras are few of the best ever exported remote sensing cameras made by China. They can help in monitoring plant disease and pests.

After the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011 this is another space collaboration between the CPEC partners, Pakistan and China. Furthermore, it is the first global commercial launch of Long March-2C rocket within almost 20 years after it carried Motorola’s Iridium satellites into orbit in the year 1999. In 2011 Pakistan’s communication satellite PAKSAT-1R was also launched by China.

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Then in 2016, the agreement was signed between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and the China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) to develop and launch ‘Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) System’.