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Pakistan prepared to launch multi-mission communication satellite PAKSAT MM1

The launch, scheduled for May 30, 2024, will take place at the XiChang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC) in China.

The Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) has announced the impending launch of the country’s new multi-mission communication satellite, PAKSAT MM1. The launch, scheduled for May 30, 2024, will take place at the XiChang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC) in China. This milestone event is a key part of Pakistan’s National Space Program 2047 and marks a significant step in the technological collaboration between Pakistan and China.

Collaborative Effort for Enhanced Connectivity

PAKSAT MM1 is the result of a joint venture between Suparco and the Chinese aerospace industry. The project was conceived with a clear vision: to meet the growing communication and connectivity needs of Pakistan. The satellite incorporates advanced communication technologies designed to bolster the nation’s telecommunication, broadcasting, and internet services. By doing so, it aims to bridge the digital divide and ensure that more citizens have access to modern communication tools.

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Suparco emphasized that this satellite project is a hallmark of technological cooperation between Pakistan and China, highlighting the deepening ties between the two countries in the realm of space technology. This partnership not only highlights the mutual benefits of such collaborations but also showcases Pakistan’s commitment to leveraging space technology for its socio-economic development.

Socio-Economic Uplift and Digital Transformation

The launch of PAKSAT MM1 is expected to play a pivotal role in Pakistan’s socio-economic uplift. The satellite’s capabilities will support a range of services, from telecommunication and broadcasting to internet connectivity, significantly contributing to the nation’s efforts to transform into a Digital Pakistan. This transformation is crucial for fostering innovation, attracting investment, and creating high-tech jobs, all of which are essential for driving overall economic development.

Suparco officials highlighted that while the upfront costs of satellite development might seem daunting, the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial investment. By enhancing Pakistan’s satellite infrastructure, the country can stimulate innovation and development, positioning itself as a key player in the global technology landscape.

Historical Context and Future Ambitions

The upcoming launch of PAKSAT MM1 adds to Pakistan’s growing list of space achievements. To date, Pakistan has sent at least six assets into space, including BADR-A, BADR-B, PAKSAT 1-R, PRSS-1, PakTes 1-A, and iCube-Qamar. Each of these missions has played a critical role in advancing the country’s space capabilities.

Earlier this month, Pakistan celebrated another groundbreaking achievement with iCube-Qamar, the country’s first satellite mission to the moon. This satellite sent back the first-ever images of the moon captured in lunar orbit, marking a significant milestone in Pakistan’s space exploration journey.

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To ensure that this historic event reaches a wide audience, Suparco has planned a live broadcast of the launch ceremony. The event will be streamed from Suparco’s facilities in Karachi and Islamabad, allowing people across the country to witness the launch of PAKSAT MM1. This initiative highlights Suparco’s commitment to transparency and public engagement, fostering a sense of national pride and unity.