|PAKSAT-1R: China launches Pakistan’s ‘first’ communications satellite|
12 August 2011
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.
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.
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.
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.
Source: The Express Tribune
|See Also in Political News|
|Social media activist behind damaging national security breach captured!|
25 May 2017
The government has captured yet another social media activist in its indiscriminate crackdown against those breaching national security. Up till now, almost 200 have been taken into custody.
We reached out to one of them, Ali Kakakhel, who has been accused of maligning the glory of his Highness, the Ameer-ul-Momineen, Khalifa Sadiq bin Ameen's family. He had recently been taken into custody by the Federal Thought Investigation agency (FTIA). Below is an account of his experiences.
I ... Full Story
|Britain defiant as IS claims Manchester massacre|
24 May 2017
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed on Tuesday that terrorists will not prevail hours after 22 people, including an eight-year-old girl, were killed at a packed pop concert in a suicide bombing claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
Britain's worst terrorist bloodshed for more than a decade came just over two weeks before it votes in general elections, and after a series of deadly militant attacks across Europe.
Witnesses described the horror when the suicide ... Full Story
|Pakistan didn't fail - 5 things you should know about ICJ's decision on Jadhav|
19 May 2017
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) announced its decision in relation to India's Request for the Indication of Provisional Measures in connection with Kulbhushan Jadhav's case (the decision) on May 18, 2017.
The 15 page decision has been met with strong reactions in both countries. Unfortunately, the debate on electronic media has been led by journalists, lawyers and politicians unfamiliar with the concepts of international law and the actual decision itself.
Therefore, it is ... Full Story