In a news report at GEO NEWS, Pakistan's first optical remote sensing satellite PRSS-1 would be launched in 2018, this according to the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco).
The announcement was made at the inaugural ceremony of the World Space Week 2017 that commenced Wednesday, held at the Institute of Space Technology (IST) in Islamabad. Chairman Suparco Qaiser Anees Khurram formally inaugurated the ceremony as the even'ts chief guest.
At another ceremony held at National Center for Remote Sensing & Geo Informatics (NCRG) Suparco Headquarters, Karachi, Member Range and Instrumentation (R&I), Ayaz Aziz, was the chief guest. The World Space Week celebrations would be held simultaneously from October 4 to 10 in 16 cities of Pakistan.
Member R&I Ayaz Aziz, in his address, said, "Our first optical remote sensing satellite PRSS-1 is all set to be launched in 2018 with which Pakistan will become self-reliant in multispectral imaging thus saving a huge foreign exchange on account of satellite imagery and satellite-based monitoring of various national projects. Our communication satellite Paksat-1R is up and running with efficient provision of communication and broadcast services throughout the country and neighboring regions."
Aziz said the World Space Week excites young people, especially students to understand our universe and how much it has to offer and encourages them to seek knowledge, education and careers in the fields of space, science and technology.