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Official Video of Paksat-1R SUPARCO Pakistan first Geo Communication Satellite Launching Moments 11 August 2011

Pakistan successfully launched its satellite "PakSat-1R" tonight at 22:15 PST, which will enhance and expand the satellite signals originated from Islamabad. The new satellite is launched from Chinese city of Xichang. It would refine and enhance country’s capabilities for the use of broadband internet, digital broadcasting, and disaster prevention and management.

All these capabilities will enable Pakistan to focus more sharply on social development, especially on education and health sectors.

On October 15, 2008, the Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) signed a contract for the PakSat-1R satellite in beijing.

The PakSat-1R contract is the third communications satellite contract signed by China's space industry with international customers. It is also China's first satellite in-orbit delivery contract signed with an Asian customer. The Consultant of this program is Telesat Canada.

The PakSat-1R satellite will be positioned at 38 degrees east longitude, and will provide telecommunications and broadcast services to Pakistan. The satellite is based on the three-axis-stabilised DFH-4 satellite platform developed by China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), and is fitted with 12 active C-band and 18 active Ku-band transponders. The service life span of the satellite will be 15 years. The satellite will be launched on a LM-3B/E launch vehicle developed by China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center and in-orbit delivered to SUPARCO in Aug 2011.

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