Of the two satellites launched by China for Pakistan, the PRSS-1 is an optical remote sensing satellite that has the ability to click on resolution photos of up to one meter. The satellite can also transmit images in real time.
Beijing/Islamabad: China on Monday expanded its cooperation with Pakistan to the space sector by launching two satellites for its all-weather ally. State-run Xinhua news agency said a Long March-2C rocket carrying two satellites – PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A –successfully sttok off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 am. While the two satellites are meant to officially serve remote sensing purpose, sources in New Delhi said they have the capability to keep an eye on India.Xinhua said the two remote sensing satellites would also be used by the two countries for monitoring progress of the strategic USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a bone of contention between India and China as a part of it passes through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) region.
This is the second instance of China helping Pakistan launch a satellite – Beijing had launched PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011. PRSS-1 is an optical remote sensing satellite that China has sold to Pakistan. Its panchromatic / multispectral cameras have the capability to click photos of resolution up to a metre. The satellite can also transmit images in real time.PakTES-1A, on the other hand, is an experimental satellite built by the Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco). PTI reported that the PRSS-1 satellite would be used to survey land and resources, monitor natural disasters, agriculture research, and collect remote sensing information for the CPEC, which is part of the wider Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the Chinese government.CPEC, the flagship BRI project, will connect China’s Xinjiang province with the Gwadar port in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.