Watch: China launches Pak satellites to be used for CPEC project
China launched two satellites for Pakistan on a Long March-2C rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China at 11:56 Monday. Photograph: (Reuters)
China today launched two Pakistan remote sensing satellites into orbit from the Jiuquan satellite launch centre from the Gobi desert.
The Chinese satellite named PRSS-1 launched the Pak TES-1A, developed by Pakistan mainly used for land survey, disaster management and urban planning. The Pak satellite will be used for China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC), reports said.
After entering orbit, the PRSS-1 is in good condition with its solar panels unfolded smoothly, according to the CAST.
The PRSS-1 satellite will be used for China's ambitious One Belt, One Road(OBOR) project.
The satellite is fitted with two panchromatic/multispectral cameras which is said to be best exported remote sensing cameras made by China.
The data transmission system is a mature technology, which has been used in more than 20 Chinese satellites, said He Xinyang, vice president of the Xi'an branch of the CAST.
China's launch is the 279th mission of the "Long March" rocket series. Long March-2C rockets are mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits.
Chinese experts including engineers and technologists were closely involved in the building of the Pakistan satellite.
In May last year, China and Pakistan had signed a contract for the Pakistan Remote Sensing Double Star Project to boost the country's rocket programme and work towards a synergy with China's OBOR project.