Pakistan to Launch Multi-Mission Communication Satellite PAKSAT MM1

Kumail Shah
PAKSAT MM1 | credit: SUPARCO

The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) has announced that Pakistan’s Multi-Mission Communication Satellite, PAKSAT MM1, will be launched on Thursday. The SUPARCO spokesperson revealed that the satellite is set to be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC) in China. This milestone is a significant part of the National Space Programme 2047.

Suparco scientists and engineers are currently examining PAKSAT MM1 to ensure its readiness for the launch. The project is a joint venture between Suparco and the Chinese aerospace industry, aimed at meeting Pakistan’s expanding needs in communication and connectivity.

“This satellite project is a hallmark of technological cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and Pakistan,” stated the Suparco spokesperson. The satellite, equipped with advanced communication technologies, is expected to play a pivotal role in the socio-economic development of Pakistan.

“It will prove to be a stepping stone in the transformation of the country into Digital Pakistan,” Suparco emphasized.

The launch ceremony will be broadcast live for the media from Suparco’s establishments in Karachi and Islamabad, allowing viewers to witness this significant event.

This satellite launch symbolizes a major leap forward in Pakistan’s space capabilities and highlights the robust technological partnership between China and Pakistan.

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Earlier, Pakistan’s first lunar mission, iCube Qamar, began its historic journey in May 03 as part of a Chinese probe. This mission aims to collect samples from the far side of the moon, marking a world-first as Beijing advances its ambitious space program with the goal of a crewed lunar mission by 2030.”

The iCube-Q orbiter, a 7kg cube satellite or CubeSat, carries two optical cameras to image the lunar surface. CubeSats are miniature satellites known for their small size and standardized cubic design. Initially used by academic institutions for experimental and research purposes in Low Earth Orbits, these versatile satellites are now being utilized in higher orbits and deep space missions.

China launched the uncrewed spacecraft on a nearly two-month mission. The Long March-5, China’s largest rocket, blasted off at 5:27 pm Beijing time (0927 GMT) from the Wenchang Space Launch Centre on the southern island of Hainan, carrying the more than 8-tonne Chang’e-6 probe.

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