Pakistan launched on Monday two satellites into orbit using a Chinese launch vehicle, Radio Pakistan reported.
The satellites were launched using a Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
According to Xinhua, China’s official state-run press agency, one of the satellites launched is a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite. With the launch of PRSS1, Pakistan has become one of the few countries to have its own remote sensing satellite in orbit.
Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), PRSS1 is the first optical remote sensing satellite China has sold to Pakistan.
The second satellite launched by the same rocket is PAK-TES-1A. It is a scientific experiment satellite developed by SUPARCO to enhance satellite manufacture capabilities in the country.
This is the second instance of space cooperation between China and Pakistan. Earlier in August 2011, Pakistan launched PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, with the help of China.