Pakistan Launches Second Communication Satellite MM1 from China Satellite Center

On Thursday, Pakistan successfully launched its second communication satellite, PakSat MM1, from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

This satellite is a joint venture between Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and the Chinese Aerospace Industry.

Zafar Iqbal, the Acting Chairman of SUPARCO, announced that this is Pakistan’s second communication satellite, following the first one launched in 2011. The MM1 satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit at 5:15 PM local time.

The MM1 satellite has been developed to meet Pakistan’s communication needs. Zafar Iqbal highlighted the growing importance of space technology, mentioning that the iCube Qamar satellite was launched earlier this month. He also noted the recent celebration of Takbeer Day and expressed hope for the launch of an observation satellite later this year.

Satellite Benefits

The MM1 satellite is expected to significantly enhance Pakistan’s communication infrastructure. It will provide high-speed internet coverage across the country and bring innovative improvements to communication systems and links. Zafar Iqbal emphasized that the satellite will boost e-commerce, telemedicine, and e-governance services in Pakistan.

Additionally, the satellite carries the Pakistan Space Based Augmentation System (PSBAS) payload, which will offer reliable positioning and navigation services. This advancement will make Pakistan the 11th country to provide such services.

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The Institute of Space Technology (IST) organized a live broadcast of the satellite launch at their auditorium, allowing students and space enthusiasts to witness this significant event.

With the launch of PakSat MM1, Pakistan continues to advance in space technology, aiming to improve its communication capabilities and contribute to the global space community.

This achievement marks a significant milestone in Pakistan’s space exploration efforts. The successful collaboration with China underscores the strong partnership between the two countries in scientific and technological fields. Looking forward, Pakistan plans to invest further in space technology, aiming to launch more advanced satellites in the coming years.

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