Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) will launch a Remote Sensing Satellite System (RSSS), in 2014, to meet the national and international user requirements in the field of satellite imagery, as reported by PakistanToday.
Talking to sources, an official said that it will be helpful in exploiting the potentials of space technologies for natural resource surveying and environmental monitoring. RSSS will also be significant in executing application projects of national significance, transfer technology to users in public and private sectors as remote sensing along with its allied technologies which has become an industry in itself.
The official was of the view that RSSS will also be helpful in improving agriculture of the country, water resources, ennvironment and other such issues. Pakistan entered the space age with the formal launching of a second hand Paksat-I in January 2000. “Since then our scientists and engineers had been making endeavours to launch indigenous satellite and ensure country’s permanent presence in the space” he said.
Pakistan launched communication satellite Paksat-IR in 2011, which has 30 transponders, design life of 15 years and will provide TV broadcasting, internet and data communications services in South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East.
Under the vision 2040 of Pakistan’s Space programme, many more satellites will be launched, which will help to improve socio-economic condition of the country.