Pakistan Launches Its First Satellite Into Space.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced the launch of Pakistan’s locally developed 285kg PakTES-1A observatory satellite in July. It is fitted with sensors and cameras, PakTES-1A will remain stationary 610km in space and its position relative to the sun will not change.
Foreign Office spokesman Dr. Muhammad Faisal congratulated Pakistani scientists in a tweet, saying they had made Pakistanis proud.
It is known as the Remote Sensing Satellite (RSS) and it can be used to study the Earth like determine mineral deposits. The RSS technology can also help study impacts of climate change such as recession of melting glaciers, greenhouse gasses, detect forest fires and even solve problems related to agriculture as well as forestry, besides a whole range of passive and active tasks.
Former minister for science and technology Dr. Attaur Rehman congratulated Pakistani scientists, calling the launch of the RSS next month a proud moment and a positive step that scientists have been able to develop and launch its satellite.
According to him, Pakistan is way behind in the region in launching satellites into space and at least 25 to 30 years behind India.