Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) announced Pakistan’s first remote sensing satellite, PRSS-1, at World Space Week 2017, which will be launched in March 2018.
Pakistan won’t have to pay huge sums to foreign space companies for satellite-dependent data after the satellite’s launch.
Chief guest Ayaz Aziz Member of Range and Instrumentation (R&I) said at a ceremony in the National Center for Remote Sensing & Geo-Informatics,
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.
The World Space Week 2017 is an annual ceremony which is officially defined as;
An international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition.
An inaugural ceremony was held at the Institute of Space Technology (IST) Islamabad. Chairman of SUPARCO, Qaiser Anees Khurram inaugurated the ceremony as the chief guest.
The World Space Week will be celebrated in 16 cities of Pakistan from 4th till 10th October.