2nd communication satellite launched by Pakistan

Pakistan has successfully launched its second communication satellite PAKSAT MM1. The country had launched its historic first satellite earlier in May 2024 as part of China’s Chang’e-6 lunar mission from Hainan.

This was announced by The Pakistan Spa­ce and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco). Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal attended the launch event in China. While speaking about the event he said, “Day is not far when we will launch our satellites on our own rockets from Pakistan’s Space Launch Centre. Congratulations Pakistan.”

The satellite will become operational in August 2024 and will help improve television broadcasts, cellular phones and broadband services.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also congratulated the nation, hoping that the satellite would help provide the “fastest internet facility” throughout the country.

“I am particularly excited about the potential impact of PAKSAT MM1 on internet connectivity across Pakistan. With its state-of-the-art communication technology, this satellite promises to revolutionise our digital landscape and provide the fastest internet facility throughout the country,” the prime minister said in a statement. The prime minister said the satellite would not only enhance the lives of citizens but also contribute to the promotion of economic activities, e-commerce, and e-governance.