Fawad Chaudhry, the Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry alleged that the country would send a human to space in 2022. The minister added that it would be the achievement of the country’s space programme. He added that Chinese help would be required in this matter.
Previously this year, Pakistan launched two satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle. The satellites were launched onboard a Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China.
One of the satellites launched was a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite. With the PRSS1, Pakistan has become one of the few countries to have its own remote sensing satellite in the orbit. The second test satellite launched was a PAK-TES-1A, developed by Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (Suparco) to enhance satellite manufacture capabilities in the country.
According to an official speaking on the condition of ambiguity, it would help finish the country’s reliance on commercial satellites for information related to weather, environment and agriculture.
The satellites were transported to China as the country lacks the infrastructure to launch objects, the official explained.