Pakistan to Launch New Satellite PAKSAT MM-1 on May 30

Pakistan is on the verge of a major breakthrough in its journey towards a digitally connected future, with the imminent launch of its multi-mission communication satellite, PAKSAT MM-1. This launch, scheduled for May 30, 2024, is a joint effort of the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and the Chinese Aerospace Industry.

The PAKSAT MM-1 will be launched from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. This satellite is designed to meet the country’s communication and connectivity needs. It is based on advanced communication technologies and is expected to play a pivotal role in the socio-economic uplift of the country.

SUPARCO’s vision is to transform Pakistan into a developed digital nation. The launch of PAKSAT MM-1 is seen as a stepping stone towards this vision. The satellite is expected to contribute to the establishment of a sophisticated communication network and help meet the growing demands of the telecom sector. Its advanced capabilities will address the increasing demand for high-speed internet and seamless connectivity.

This launch comes on the heels of the successful launch of iCube Qamar, Pakistan’s first lunar exploration effort. The iCube-Qamar mission was launched on May 3 on board China’s Chang’E6 from Hainan, China. The satellite, weighing about 7kg, was developed by the Electrical Engineering Department of the Institute of Space Technology (IST) in Islamabad. It successfully captured and transmitted its inaugural images from lunar orbit, providing a unique perspective of the moon’s surface.

The launch ceremony of PAKSAT MM-1 will be shown live from the Islamabad and Karachi establishments of SUPARCO. This event is not just a technological achievement for Pakistan, but also a symbol of the strong collaboration between Pakistan and China in the field of space technology.

The launch of PAKSAT MM-1 is a testament to Pakistan’s commitment to harnessing space technology for the benefit of its people. It is a step towards realizing the dream of a digitally connected Pakistan, where every citizen has access to the benefits of the digital age. As we count down the days to the launch, the excitement and anticipation are palpable. The eyes of the nation are on SUPARCO as they prepare to make history once again.

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