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Pakistan launches Pak-Sat MM1 Satellite

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Islamabad, 31 May 2024 (TDI): At 20:12 Beijing Time, China successfully launched a multi-mission communication satellite for Pakistan. The satellite was launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

A Long March-3B carrier rocket lifted off from the Xichang Satellite. It was launched from the Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province on May 30. The Pakistani satellite “Paksat MM1” successfully launched into the orbit.

So far, it was the third full satellite cooperation project between the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). It follows the Paksat-1R and PRSS-1 projects.

The high-power multi-mission satellite carries 48 transponders. It uses a combined Chemical-Electric Propulsion Design, which can improve its reliability and in-orbit fuel lifespan.

It was China’s first international satellite project to implement the high-precision positioning service of the Beidou navigation system through the Beidou satellite navigation signal augmentation service.

The Paksat MM1 satellite will provide various communication services including broadband internet, TV broadcasting, telecommunication, and more in Pakistan and the neighboring regions.

Prime Minister Shahbaz’s Statement

As Pakistan launched its second communication satellite PakSat MM1 on Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the entire nation. He hopes that it will help provide the fastest internet facility throughout the country.

“I am particularly excited about the potential impact of PakSat MM1 on internet connectivity across Pakistan. With its state-of-the-art communication technology, this satellite promises to revolutionize our digital landscape and provide the fastest internet facility throughout the country,” Shahbaz Sharif said in a statement.

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Additionally, he said that the achievement marked a significant advancement in Pakistan’s space and communication capabilities. He was proud of the national accomplishment.

Moreover, Shahbaz Sharif said that PakSat MM1 would not only enhance the lives of Pakistani citizens but also contribute to the promotion of economic activities, e-commerce, and e-governance.

Prime Minister Shehbaz said that the launch of PakSat MM1 from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Centre was a testament to the strong collaboration and partnership between the two countries.

Zamzam Channa
Zamzam Channa
International Relations Graduate (Gold Medal), Author at The Pakistan Today and The Geopolitical Monitor, Former Research Intern at the Center for International Strategic Studies, Sindh (CISSS)

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