Beijing: China is all set to launch a communications satellite for Pakistan at an "appropriate time" in the coming days, a spokesman has said.
A spokesman for the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Southwest China`s Sichuan province said that the satellite, the PAKSAT-1R, would be carried by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, Xinhua reports.
He assured that both the satellite and rocket are currently in good condition.
Pakistan had launched its first satellite Badar with the help of China in 1990. The communication satellite will have 30 years` transponders '€“ 12 in C-Band and 18 in Ku-Band '€“ each of 36 MHz bandwidth. The programme is in line with Pakistan`s Medium Term Development Framework objectives and may provide better satellite communications for Pakistan.