Pakistan will launch its locally developed 285 kg PakTES-1A observatory satellite in July, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This Satellite from Pakistan will remain stationary on its position 610km in space and is fitted with sensors and cameras.
The satellite will be used to study different features of Earth, assess mineral deposits, climate changes such as recession of melting glaciers, greenhouse gases, forest fires, and also will be helpful in understanding and resolving problems related to agriculture and forestry. It is known as Remote Sensing Satellite (RSS) and capable of performing many other passive and active tasks.
In 2012, the navigation technology for the satellite was acquired from China. India is launching such observatory satellites from the 1970s.
Former minister Dr. Attaur Rehman congratulated Pakistani scientists and referred to RSS as the very proud moment and positive step for Pakistan.
Observatory satellites are not like other communication satellites which are complex, heavy and big rather they are based on simple technology and can be used for a variety of purposes depending upon the type of sensing equipment it is fitted with. It is also being observed that Pakistan is way behind in launching satellites into space compared to other countries in the region specifically India.