In order to keep an eye on India, China launches two new satellites for Pakistan that comprise of PRSS-1, which is a remote sensing satellite made by China and the other is PakTES-1A, which is an indigenously developed scientific experiment satellite from Pakistan. Both the satellites were launched from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.
The PRSS-1 is a remote sensing satellite that can carry out day and night monitoring with a viewing capacity even in clouded conditions. This satellite will be used to monitor land and resource surveying, urban construction, agriculture research and will provide remote sensing information for China's mega project called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) that costs US$ 50 billion and also help Pakistan to keep an eye on India.
This launch is yet another instance of Pakistan's space cooperation with China, which is its number one ally as China has launched PAKSAT-1R communication satellite in August 2011. Pakistan already has five satellites in space but lacks satellite fabrication and heavy-duty launchers facility.
Comparing it with India's space technology, India is way ahead as it has 43 operational satellites in space along with an imaging satellite with all-weather surveillance capacity.
- Location: India
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