Pakistan's communications satellite PAKSAT-1R launched (Photos & Video)

A Long March-3B carrier rocket carrying the communications satellite PAKSAT-1R blasts off at 0:15 a.m. Friday from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center China's Sichuan province. PAKSAT-1R will provide a range of services, including broadband Internet, telecom and broadcasting, covering some regions of Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and the eastern Africa.

Foreign Secretary Pakistan said "The successful launch is yet another shining illustration of the time-tested friendship between Pakistan and China and has ushered in a new era of cooperation in space technology between the two countries". 

Chairman Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) in an interview termed the launch as a "historic event" as it is for the first time that a commercial, fully capable communication satellite has been launched in which scientists and engineers of SUPARCO have worked very closely with the Chinese in all stages of its design and development.

The launch came ahead of Pakistan's 64th Independence Day on August 14 and coincided with the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

 While i was browsing different sites i found these pictures, here they are for you..I would like to Thank China as they always prove to be the friend of Pakistan indeed. 

 Artist's concept of the PakSat 1R satellite in orbit. Credit: SUPARCO


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