China Launches 2 Pak Spy Satellites, To Keep An Eye On India

China Launches 2 Pak Spy Satellites, To Keep An Eye On India

China Launches 2 Pak Spy Satellites, To Keep An Eye On India

New Delhi: Today, two satellites were lauched by China for Pakistan, that, among other things, are meant to keep an eye on India. Out of the two, one of them is the PRSS-1. It is a remote sensing satellite built by China. The other one is PakTES-1A, it is Pakistan's indigenously developed scientific experiment satellite. In the morning, the two satellite were launched on Chinese rocket Long March-2C. It was launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

PRSS-1 is a remote-sensing satellite that can carry out day and night monitoring. It also has the viewing capacity even in clouded conditions.

The satellite launched by China would be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction and also to provide remote sensing information for China's mega-project, "Belt and Road". The scientists also said that it would also help Pakistan keep watch on India.

This marks yet another instance of Pakistan's space cooperation with China which is its Number one ally. China had also launched PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011. The neighbour, Pakistan already has five satellites in space, but lacks heavy duty launchers and satellite fabrication facilities.

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However Pakistan is still behind India, in space technology, with 43 operational satellites in space. India has the radar imaging satellites with all-weather surveillance capability. The images gathered from its satellites, were used by India for the surgical strikes it carried out in 2016.

Pakistan opted out of India's project for a "South Asia Satellite", three years ago. It was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "gift" to SAARC countries, an extension of his "Sab Ka Saath Sab Ka Vikas" ideology to India's neighbourhood, where China is extending its influence.

In June 2015, after a planning meet for the satellite, Islamabad opted out. It was suggested that it had its "own space programme".

Launched in May last year, the Rs. 235-crore communication satellite, caters to Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

China sold, The PRSS-1 is the first optical remote sensing satelliten to Pakistan. This is China's 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology for an overseas buyer.

This launch is the 279th mission for the Long March rocket series. These type of rockets are mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits. This is the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket in nearly two decades after it carried Motorola's Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999.

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