Pakistani Astronaut Will Go In Space
Pakistani Astronaut Will Go In Space: The federal cabinet approved on Thursday ambitious plans to counter power theft in the country and send a Pakistani to space.
The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, and the ministers told him what they’ve done in the past two months and presented him a report.
Federal ministers Asad Umar, Fawad Chaudhry, and Umar Ayub briefed the media about major developments after the meeting.
Pakistan in space
Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that first Pakistani man will be sent to space in 2022. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between a Chinese company and SUPARCO.
Pakistan’s first space mission has been planned for 2022 and the federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the plan on Thursday, ahead of his maiden visit to Beijing from November 3.
An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed, Chaudhry said.
Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle.
The satellites were launched onboard a Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China.
One of the satellites launched was a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite.
The second test satellite launched was a PAK-TES-1A, developed by Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (Suparco) to enhance satellite manufacture capabilities in the country which would help end Pakistan’s dependency on commercial satellites for information related to weather, environment and agriculture.
The satellites were transported to China as Pakistan lacks the infrastructure to launch objects, the Express Tribune quoted an official as saying.
This will be the premier’s first official visit to China after assuming office in August.
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