First time ever a Pakistani would be sent to space in 2022 with the assistance of China, as informed by the Information Minister—Fawad Chaudhry on Thursday. The announcement was made ahead of Prime Minister—Imran Khan’s visit to Beijing.
The plan to send astronauts to space mission in 2022 was given approval during a meeting of the federal cabinet that was led by the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister would be making his first visit to China on the 3rd of November and would be having meetings with the Chinese President—Xi Jinping and the Premier—Li Keqiang, as per the details shared by the Foreign Office.
A deal has already been signed between the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese firm, according to the information minister.
Previously, Pakistan has launched two indigenously constructed satellites into the orbit, via making use of a Chinese launch vehicle. In the year 2016, both the nations signed a deal for the growth and development of Pakistan’s first ever remote sensing satellite system (PRSS-1). In line with the agreement, China has joined in the launch of the two satellites with Pakistan on its Long March-2C rocket to manage the CPEC projects.
PRSS-1 would be of great help in surveying the land and resources, keeping a check on the natural calamities, urban construction, agricultural research and in providing remote sensing information for the areas covered under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
The second satellite is dubbed as PAK-TES-1A, would also be serving for the country needs.