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Pakistan all set to launch remote sensing satellite in July: Pakistan is set to launch the PakTES-1A, a locally developed remote sensing satellite (RSS) in July, Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal announced on Sunday in a post on social media.

Pakistan all set to launch remote sensing satellite in July

Pakistan all set to launch remote sensing satellite in July
Photo: Twitter

According to Dr Faisal, PakTES-1A, which is an indigenously developed satellite, weighs 285kg and will be launched at 610km sun-synchronous orbit next month.

In a tweet, the spokesman said that PakTES-1A was an indigenously developed remote sensing satellite that weighed 285 kg. It will be launched at 610 km sun-synchronous orbit in July 2018, he said and also shared the picture of the satellite’s model.

Earlier this year, Beijing had announced it would launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan.

The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT) and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) worked jointly on the satellites. The satellites will be used for geo-monitoring and taking images from the orbit.

In 2016, China and Pakistan had signed an agreement to launch a special remote sensing satellite. The main reason for signing the agreement was to monitor the development of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.

Currently, three satellites are under design by SUPARCO in collaboration with different universities throughout China.