Lahore: Pakistan`s satellite control centre
was thrown open by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani
at Kala Shah Kaku near here to monitor the commercial
operations of the country`s second communication satellite,
Paksat-1R, launched by China.
The centre will beam telecommunication and broadcast
services from the satellite, which is expected to have a life
of 15 years.
The satellite will be used for digital TV broadcasts,
broadband internet, remote and rural telephony, emergency
communications, tele-education and tele-medicine.
"The Paksat-1R project is yet another manifestation of
the long-standing strategic relationship between Pakistan and
China, taking our time-tested friendship to new heights,"
Gilani told a gathering that included Chinese officials and
The launch and commissioning of Paksat-1R marked the
"first significant step towards realising" Pakistan`s Space
Vision 2040, he said.
Paksat-1R was launched on August 12 from China’s Xichang
Satellite Launch Centre by China Great Wall Industry
It was moved to its designated position in geo-stationary
orbit to replace Paksat-1.
The satellite has 32 C-band and Ku-band transponders and
three antennas to cover the whole of Pakistan and 75 countries
across Asia, East Africa and part of Western Europe.
The contract for Paksat-1R was signed during President
Asif Ali Zardari`s visit to China in October 2008.
Pakistani officials said the completion of the Paksat-1R
project will strengthen cooperation in peaceful uses of space
technology between Pakistan and China.
The cooperation will boost Space and Upper Atmosphere
Research Commissions efforts to launch other satellites for
Pakistan`s socio-economic development and national security
needs, the officials said.
Paksat-1R was built by SUPARCO with technical guidance
and financial aid from the China National Space