Pakistan has decided in principle to send its astronauts on a space mission with assistance of China, ARY News reported.
Imran Khan’s promise of a Naya Pakistan initiates with a commitment to send astronauts to space within two years.
The commitment was announced on Thursday during the AirTech’17 conference which took place at the Air University of Islamabad.
The Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman stated that the program will be implemented with the help of China, a close ally of Pakistan and is likely to be completed by the year 2020.
Pakistan’s space agency “SUPARCO” was started in 1961 but unfortunately has no credentials to its name, in fact, even Pakistan’s satellites have not been launched by Pakistan itself, but by China on their behalf.
So this will be a major achievement and the first successful space mission by Pakistan.
China in July this year launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China, to monitor billion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project.
According to XinHua, the PRSS-1 is China’s first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan and the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer.
The PRSS-1 will be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction and providing remote sensing information for the Belt and Road region. It was earlier reported that the satellites were being launched to monitor the development of the $ 50 billion CPEC projects, the agency said.
China and Pakistan had signed an agreement in 2016 for the launch of a special remote sensing satellite this year in 2018.
In April 2016, the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and the China Great Wall Industry Cooperation (CGWIC) signed an agreement for the development and launch of the ‘Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) System’.
The Cabinet is likely to call a meeting regarding the matter in the next couple of weeks with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan in the chair, the cabinet will be responsible for ratifying the proposal and approving it accordingly.
During his keynote speech, Sohail Aman shed light on the importance of technology and innovation, he stated: “No doubt Pakistani students are talented, intelligent and hard-working, but to achieve success in life goals, unconditional faith, firm commitment and tireless struggle are essential,”