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PAKSAT-1R to play vital role in socio-economic progress.

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Communication satellite will provide telecom operators and government, a cost effective way to extend essential telecom services to the farthest corners of the country

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Developing countries around the world face an acute shortage of medical professionals and situation is worst in rural areas of such countries which often lack communication infrastructure

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Communication satellite, PAKSAT-1R, recently launched by Pakistan will not only play important role in socio-economic development of the country but will also provide educational opportunities, better health services, stimulate private sector business and investment.

Communication satellite will provide telecom operators and government, a cost effective way to extend essential telecom services to the farthest corners of the country.

Developing countries around the world face an acute shortage of medical professionals and situation is worst in rural areas of such countries which often lack communication infrastructure.

Today, communication satellites are being employed the world over, to offer tele-medicine services in rural communities to improve access to medical care, enhance its quality, provide earlier diagnosis and treatment and improve the health care delivery.

By enabling physicians to consult with their peers, have access to specialists, and continue their education, tele-medicine could also increase the number of physicians located in rural areas.

Giving further details, Secretary SUPARCO Arshad H Siraj said "This satellite will also help to increase diversity and access to educational programs by providing opportunities for adult community education and in-service teacher training".

He said world has now entered a new era called the information society. This era is marked by technological developments in computers, electronic media and telecommunications and growing aspects of information in all aspects of human life.

Access to the information and the facilities, to produce, store and transmit information is now considered vital to development.

In this race between information needs and new information capabilities, communication satellites give the ability to compete and maximize the use of limited resources towards an expanding population.

For Pakistan, satellites are not only a communication tool, rather a unique opportunity to bring meaningful change in the lives of its citizen.

Realizing the importance of extending the benefits of information revolution to rural communities, governments the world over are implementing innovative universal services programs in the areas of communication, health care, education and governance.

Communication satellites have become an integral part of all such programs extending their reach to the remotest corners of the would and providing reliable and cost effective means of extending the benefits of information revolution to people living in these times.

Replying to a question, Secretary SUPARCO said, under the vision 2040 of Pakistan's Space program, many more satellites will be launched, which will help to improve socio-economic condition of the country.

As far as launch of spaceship is concerned, he said, no such planning is in consideration, and focus is to launch more communication satellites.

PAKSAT-1R was successfully launched on 12th August 2011, and will start its commercial operations in October 2011.

It is a great milestone in the field of Science and Technology for the people of Pakistan and a big step towards the economic prosperity of the country.

It is pertaining to mention here that the Pakistan's first Communications Satellite PAKSAT-1R, as a part of Pakistan's Space Programme-2040, launched on board China's Satellite Launch Vehicle.

PAKSAT-1R has a total of 30 transponders, 12 in C-band and 18 in Ku-band. The satellite will be deployed at 380E in the Geo-stationary orbit and it will replace the existing satellite PAKSAT-1.

Pakistani engineers have worked closely with their Chinese counterparts during all stages of development of the satellite in China. Some experimental units developed at SUPARCO have also been integrated on the satellite for technology evaluation. China and Pakistan have enjoyed more than 20 years of cooperation in Space Science, Technology and Applications.

The launch of Paksat-1R Satellite is a major milestone for both countries towards strengthening of this cooperation. SUPARCO will continue its efforts for launching of other satellites including Remote Sensing Satellites, to ensure that the space technology applications fully contribute to socio-economic development and national security in Pakistan.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have felicitated the nation on the successful launch of the PAK-SAT, which was launched Thursday night from China.

In a message the President and the Prime Minister said that the launch of PAK-SAT today is a historic occasion as it places Pakistan in the league of select nations that own and operate national communication satellites. "Indeed it is a milestone in our journey on the road to progress," the President said.

In their message the two leaders said that they were pleased to learn that Pakistani scientists and engineers have fully participated in the design, manufacturing, testing and launch of this satellite.

The successful deployment of PAT-SAT demonstrated the scientific and technological potential of the country as well as the commitment of our scientists and engineers, the President said.

The President also congratulated SUPARCO and all those whose combined efforts have made its successful launch possible. "They have done the nation proud", he said.

President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani said that the successful launch of PAK-SAT from Chinese territory demonstrated once again the deep rooted and strategic ties between the two countries. These ties have grown from strength to strength and are a factor of stability in the region, they said.
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