A lunar orbiter and a comms satellite launched

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To the moon: Pakistan's first orbiter lifts off
Initial launch successful, first and second stage ignition achieved

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May 03, 2024

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Pakistan's space programme achieved a historic milestone on Friday as the country's first-ever lunar orbiter lifted off from China's Henan Space Launch Site.
The launch of satellite ICUBE-Qamar was telecast live from the Institute of Space Technology's (IST) website.
The quest to send a lunar orbiter started in 2022 when the China National Space Agency (CNSA), through the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), offered member states an opportunity to send a student-built payload to Earth's closest celestial neighbour onboard the Chang'e 6 mission.

ICUBE-Qamar

The 'ICUBE-Qamar' (ICUBE-Q) was submitted as a proposal for a lunar CubeSat by the IST. The proposal was selected after an evaluation process.

The development of the payload is a collaborative effort between IST's students and faculty, SUPARCO and China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU).

The payload consists of three parts, the CubeSat, the separation mechanism, and the mounting bracket. The payload itself weighs around 7kgs. It carries two cameras to take images of the lunar surface and has other sensors and apparatuses for deep-space communication, altitude controls, and other functions.

The ICUBE-Q satellite. PHOTO: IST

The ICUBE-Q satellite. PHOTO: IST
The primary criteria for mission success will be achieved with the successful separation of the ICUBE-Q CubeSat into lunar orbit from the Chang’e-6 Orbiter. Following ICUBE-Q's separation, the secondary criteria will involve the satellite receiving the beacon signal, which will confirm that the orbiter is working satisfactorily.


Finally, the orbiter will take pictures of the Earth, and the moon and try to take pictures of at least two objects together (earth, moon, and orbiter).
A team of scientists with the ICUBE-Q satellite. PHOTO: IST

A team of scientists with the ICUBE-Q satellite. PHOTO: IST

As part of data collection, ICUBE-Q will also collect data on the lunar magnetic field, establish a lunar magnetic field model, and hopefully, lay the groundwork for future missions and international lunar cooperation.

PM Shehbaz congratulates nation
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday extended heartfelt congratulations to the nation and the scientific community as the country's first-ever lunar orbiter lifted off, marking a historic milestone in the country's space programme.

“I-Qube Qamar satellite marks Pakistan's first step in space. Just as in the nuclear field, our scientists, engineers, and talented individuals are diligently striving in this field,” the premier said.

“I extend my sincere gratitude to the core committee of the Institute of Space Technology, notably Dr Khurram Khurshid, as well as the entire team, including SUPARCO, and particularly the dedicated students who played a pivotal role in this project”

Honouring the deep-rooted ties, the premier said “Pakistan-China friendship has transcended borders from the heights of Himalayas to the depths of the sea, crossing even the boundaries of space”.

"The exclusive acceptance of Pakistan's project among eight countries stands as a testament to the remarkable abilities of our scientists and experts. This marks a profoundly historic moment in our technological advancement, driving Pakistan into a new era of purposeful space utilization."
"This achievement will bolster Pakistan's satellite communication capabilities and pave the way for new opportunities in scientific research, economic development, and national security," he added.
Shehbaz emphasized the aspiration for Pakistan to achieve economic and technological milestones akin to those witnessed on May 28, 1998, and he underscored Pakistan's ambition to lead in communication infrastructure, that can potentially open doors to fresh avenues in scientific exploration, economic growth, and safeguarding national security.

The premier concluded by stressing the nation's commitment to fostering the next generation in these fields to ensure Pakistan's prominence in global innovation.


PAKSAT MM-1 satellite launched to orbit

TurnPakistan’s second communication satellite sent into space

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May 30, 2024

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KARACHI: Pakistan launched on Thursday its second communication satellite Thursday, PAKSAT MM-1, to further improve the country's digital communication infrastructure.

The satellite was sent into orbit from China's Xichang Satellite Launch Center (XSLC) and will deploy at an altitude of 36,000 km above the Earth.

The five-ton satellite is equipped with the latest communication equipment. “The satellite is expected to contribute to the establishment of a sophisticated communication network and help meet the growing demands of the telecom sector,” Suparco said.

The satellite is expected to take three to four days to stabilise in its designated orbit around the Earth, a Suparco official added.

“Its advanced capabilities will address the increasing demand for high-speed internet and seamless connectivity. This high-power multi-mission satellite will provide communication services in C, Ku, Ka Bands and SBAS services in L Band.”

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the nation on the successful launch of the country's second communication satellite.
"I, along with the entire nation, am proud of our scientists achievement," said the premier.

“It will prove to be a stepping stone in the transformation of the country into digital Pakistan. It will provide various communication services like broadband internet, TV broadcasting, mobile bank hauling, and VSAT connectivity,” added the spokesperson.

The launch follows the historic ICUBE-Q launch on May 3 on board China’s Chang’E6 mission.

ICube-Qamar achieved lunar orbit at 1:14 pm Pakistan time on May 9. Following its deployment on the moon, the satellite operated according to the designated parameters.

The Chang'e 6 mission is scheduled to commence its return journey to Earth on June 4 and is expected to reach the planet on June 25.
The quest to send a lunar orbiter started in 2022 when the China National Space Agency (CNSA), through the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), offered member states an opportunity to send a student-built payload to Earth's closest celestial neighbour onboard the Chang'e 6 mission.

 
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Was planned way before his term and he had nothing to do with it. Don't try to link national achievements to politicians.
I don't know brother, it does depend on the leadership and PML-N tenures seem achieving most in space activities.

DateSatelliteTypeGov.Comment
10/01/1989UnknownExperimental / MilitaryPPPSecret 'payload" sent to space from Pakistani launch pad
09/12/1990BADR-1ExperimentalPML-N-
10/12/2001BADR-BExperimentalMilitary-
06/07/2002PAKSAT-1CommunicationsMilitaryLeased (formerly Anatolia 1)
11/08/2007PAKSAT-1RCommunicationsMilitaryFirst Pakistani owned/built Pakistani communications satellite
21/11/2013iCUBE-1Cube SatellitePML-NFirst Pakistani cube satellite
22/03/2018PAKSAT-MMICommunicationsPML-NAcquired (formerly AsiaSat 4)
09/07/2018PRSS-1Remote SensingPML-N-
09/07/2018PakTES-1AExperimental Remote SensingPML-N-
03/05/2024ICUBE-QamarCube Satellite / Lunar OrbiterPML-NFirst Pakistani Lunar Orbiter
30/05/2024PakSat-MM1CommunicationsPML-N-
 

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@Waz @Oscar @Mods

Please check at this obviously hilarious & misleading thread title as if Shehbaz govt has anything to do with so called "Lunar Orbit mission".


@Pakistan Space Agency,
buddy this only exposes you further that you got nothing to show for success of your fake government based on stolen mandate. The so called "lunar mission" was in progress long before this govt was formed. Pakistan's total part in it is co-development of a small 7 KG satellite with a local chinese university. You are bragging on something that shouldn't be bragged on top when it has nothing to do with this govt. The comms satellite was also planned for years and it has absolutely nothing to do with Shehbaz Govt. The real success would be when Pakistan is able to launch its satellite into orbit by its own means.

Infact IceCube was planned by PTI's govt but still it has nothing to be brag about. Lot more needs to be done. Pakistan's SUPARCO is just eating salaries & pensions without any output.
 
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only because now SUPARCO is led by a civilian scientist !
 

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@Waz @Oscar @Mods

Please check at this obviously hilarious & misleading thread title as if Shehbaz govt has anything to do with so called "Lunar Orbit mission".


@Pakistan Space Agency,
buddy this only exposes you further that you got nothing to show for success of your fake government based on stolen mandate. The so called "lunar mission" was in progress long before this govt was formed. Pakistan's total part in it is co-development of a small 7 KG satellite with a local chinese university. You are bragging on something that shouldn't be bragged on top when it has nothing to do with this govt. The comms satellite was also planned for years and it has absolutely nothing to do with Shehbaz Govt. The real success would be when Pakistan is able to launch its satellite into orbit by its own means.

Infact IceCube was planned by PTI's govt but still it has nothing to be brag about. Lot more needs to be done. Pakistan's SUPARCO is just eating salaries & pensions without any output.


Is it necessary to bring politics in every thing? Political people have nothing to do with these things.
 

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Is it necessary to bring politics in every thing? Political people have nothing to do with these things.

Exactly! That's what I was saying. The thread title is now changed. The earlier thread title was something like " 2 satellites launched by shehbaz govt within 100 days" or so. Obviously that was misleading title, thread starter tried to take undue credit of it. That's why I pointed out.
 

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The PakSat-MM1R was approved in PDSP 2021-2022 (alongside feasibility studies for domestic SatNav, a spaceport, PRSS-S1 and PRSS-O2).


tbh...neither PML-N, PDM, or PTI deserve "credit" for these programs. The decision to pursue these satellites was never up to any of them; they're a result of the military leadership's planning back in the early 2010s. The government of the day simply rubber stamps the "proposals," but the real work is up to SUPARCO and other SPD organizations.

@Waz @Oscar @Mods

Please check at this obviously hilarious & misleading thread title as if Shehbaz govt has anything to do with so called "Lunar Orbit mission".


@Pakistan Space Agency,
buddy this only exposes you further that you got nothing to show for success of your fake government based on stolen mandate. The so called "lunar mission" was in progress long before this govt was formed. Pakistan's total part in it is co-development of a small 7 KG satellite with a local chinese university. You are bragging on something that shouldn't be bragged on top when it has nothing to do with this govt. The comms satellite was also planned for years and it has absolutely nothing to do with Shehbaz Govt. The real success would be when Pakistan is able to launch its satellite into orbit by its own means.

Infact IceCube was planned by PTI's govt but still it has nothing to be brag about. Lot more needs to be done. Pakistan's SUPARCO is just eating salaries & pensions without any output.
I'm not a fan of the structural inertia in Pakistan's state-owned entities (SOE), but I do believe SUPARCO has turned a corner. See this discussion on the forum about how SUPARCO drove the development of the next-gen Abdali SSM (i.e., Fatah-2/-3/-4).

The Pakistani armed forces are relying on space-based capabilities (e.g., SATCOM, SATNAV) for drone ops, PGMs, etc. Each service arm likely wants to bring SATCOM, SATNAV, and IMINT in-house as much as possible, and that necessitates a satellite design and production capacity. Pakistan is pursuing that capacity through the PSC program.
 
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The PakSat-MM1R was approved in PDSP 2021-2022 (alongside feasibility studies for domestic SatNav, a spaceport, PRSS-S1 and PRSS-O2).


tbh...neither PML-N, PDM, or PTI deserve "credit" for these programs. The decision to pursue these satellites was never up to any of them; they're a result of the military leadership's planning back in the early 2010s. The government of the day simply rubber stamps the "proposals," but the real work is up to SUPARCO and other SPD organizations.


I'm not a fan of the structural inertia in Pakistan's state-owned entities (SOE), but I do believe SUPARCO has turned a corner. See this discussion on the forum about how SUPARCO drove the development of the next-gen Abdali SSM (i.e., Fatah-2/-3/-4).

The Pakistani armed forces are relying on space-based capabilities (e.g., SATCOM, SATNAV) for drone ops, PGMs, etc. Each service arm likely wants to bring SATCOM, SATNAV, and IMINT in-house as much as possible, and that necessitates a satellite design and production capacity. Pakistan is pursuing that capacity through the PSC program.
PakSat-MM1 has SBAS payload too.
 

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