spacer
Home Page
NewsPAKSAT-1R: China launches Pakistan’s ‘first’ communications satellite
12 August 2011
PAKSAT-1R: China launches Pakistan’s ‘first’ communications satellite

 

KARACHI:
Billed as Pakistan’s ‘first’ advanced communications satellite PAKSAT-1R, as a part of Pakistan’s Space Programme 2040, was launched on Thursday at 9:17 pm on board China’s Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan province.
The geostationary satellite would orbit at 23,000 miles above the surface of the earth and is expected to enhance the broadcast and broadband capabilities of the country. However, some scientists say that what Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) has achieved today could have been done 30 years ago. They question whether our so-called space programme is on the right track.
Expected clients
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. The satellite will now enable the extending of communication services to all areas of Pakistan.
Apart from Pakistan Army, there are more than 45 clients of PAKSAT-1R, including leading telecom companies such as Mobilink, and broadcasters such as Geo and ARY.
Technical details
The PAKSAT-1R weighs 5,115kg and is based on the DongFangHong-4 platform with 18 Ku-band and 12 C-band transponders onboard. The China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) had been nominated as PAKSAT-1R’s chief contractor after President Asif Ali Zardari and Chinese President Hu Jintao signed an agreement in October 2008. The company was made responsible for the design, manufacturing, final assembly, testing and launch of the satellite.
Cost
Suparco has kept mum about the cost of the multi-million dollar project. Sources within PAKSAT say that at the moment the entire cost has been borne by China which has to be paid back.
According to a press release, Defence Secretary Lt Gen Syed Athar Ali (R), Secretary Foreign Affairs Salman Bashir, Director General, Strategic Plans Division Lt Gen Khalid Ahmed Kidwai (R) and Ambassador of Pakistan to China Muhammad Masood Khan were present on the occasion. Suparco chairman Major General Ahmed Bilal was also reportedly present.
NewsSee Also in Political News
National security meeting gets underway
17 April 2014

ISLAMABAD: A high level meeting to discuss national security issues, headed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is currently underway at the PM House, Geo News reported on Thursday. The meeting will review the dialogue process with the Taliban and the situation arising in neighbouring Afghanistan following the presidential election. Sources added that relations with Iran will also be on the agenda. The country’s top military and civilian leadership are attending the meeting. The heads of ... Full Story
PM chairs national security meeting today
17 April 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would chair a high-level meeting to discuss national security today. The meeting will review the dialogue process with the Taliban and the situation arising in neighbouring Afghanistan following the presidential election. Sources add that relations with Iran will also be on the agenda. The country’s top military and civilian leadership will be present during the meeting. PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Defence Minister Khwaja Asif, ... Full Story
MQM to stage protest demonstration today
17 April 2014

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will organize a protest demonstration outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Thursday (today) against the ‘extra judicial killings and forced disappearances’ of its workers, Geo News reported. Deputy Convener and members of Rabita Committee, families of victims, MQM workers and party supporters will attend the protest demonstration which will be held at 4:00 pm at KPC. The MQM has appealed to the people to attend the protest demonstration. The ... Full Story
Nawaz, Zardari vow to counter illegal steps
17 April 2014

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former president Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday expressed their commitment to fight tooth and nail against all unconstitutional steps and ... Full Story
Biggest day of voting in India: Caste, betrayal, PML-F, all to play their part in Barmer
17 April 2014

KARACHI: Barmer, the Indian district that borders Sindh, is one of the 20 constituencies of Rajasthan that will be contested today, but it might just be the most intriguing. What ... Full Story
Peace talks will not be successful without ceasefire: Prof Ibrahim
17 April 2014

PESHAWAR: The peace talks will not be successful without a ceasefire, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) intermediary Professor Muhammad Ibrahim told Express News on ... Full Story
High level huddle: Civil, military leadership to discuss peace process
17 April 2014

ISLAMABAD: The country’s top civil and military leadership will meet today (Thursday) to discuss the fate of the brittle peace process after the Taliban decided not to extend the ... Full Story
Trilateral cooperation: Pakistan, Iran urged to promote regional arrangements
17 April 2014

ISLAMABAD: Security analysts and academics have advised Pakistan and Iran to promote regional cooperation as their common neighbour Afghanistan heads into a new democratic era. ... Full Story
Constable injured in firing on police van
17 April 2014
Preliminary report: FIA suspects Zahid Hamid played role in 2007 emergency
17 April 2014
Razing ‘Illegal’ slums: Court gives civic agency a week’s time
17 April 2014
Feudal justice: Jirga orders man to pay Rs5.3m for killing pregnant wife, two others
17 April 2014
Time for a makeover: Saddar to undergo major changes as revival plan kicks off
17 April 2014
Check your sugar levels: ‘More than 3.5m people don’t even know they are diabetic’
17 April 2014
Presidential directives: HEC forms committee to investigate allegations against FUUAST
17 April 2014
Traffic plan: Buses rerouted to make way for pedestrian zone
17 April 2014
Plan of action: Armed with education, Lyari youth plan to combat crime
17 April 2014
Religious curriculum: For polytheistic students, only monotheistic options
17 April 2014
Against the odds: Investing in the future
17 April 2014
Internal differences: CM assures ‘pressure group’ of removing corrupt officials
17 April 2014
Separate attacks: Constable injured in firing on police van
17 April 2014
For peace: Assembly discusses peace talks, worsening security
17 April 2014
Great loss: Fifth death anniversary of Pareshan Khattak passes in silence
17 April 2014
Missing persons’ case: K-P administration closed investigation on army’s request
17 April 2014
Pemra should be under parliament instead of executive
17 April 2014
Awaz.tv
Privacy Policy: We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address email address or telephone number) about your visits to this and other Web sites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Disclaimer: Awaz.tv is not responsible for any content linked to or referred to from these pages. All videos, live tvs, blogs or video links point to content hosted on third party websites or members. We are using third party links for live tvs. Users who upload these videos or blogs agree not to upload illegal content when creating their user accounts. Awaz.tv does not accept responsibility for content hosted on third party websites or by the members. If you have any questions please contact us.
Copyright © 2000-2014 AWAZ.TV. All rights reserved unless where otherwise noted.