ANG, (Sichuan Province) (APP) - Chairman Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Major General (r) Ahmed Bilal has said that the successful launch of Communication Satellite-1R on Thursday mid-night, was a dream comes true and also proved that the Pakistani scientists and Engineers have the ability and knowledge in the cutting age technology including space sciences.
The launch of the communication satellite was a historic event as far as SUPARCO is concerned, said Ahmed Bilal in an interview with this news agency immediately after Paksat-1R lifted into space by Long March- 3B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Chinas Sichuan Province.
Prominent among those present on the occasion included Director General SPD Lt General (r) Khalid Ahmed Kidwai, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Pakistans Ambassador to China Masood Khan, Secretary Defence Lt General (r) Syed Ather Ali and Chairman Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), Major General Ahmed Bilal, besides senior officials from the Chinese government.
Chairman SUPARCO said that it is for the first time that a fully capable communication satellite has been launched in which scientists and engineers of SUPARCO with their Chinese counterparts have worked very closely.
He further said that the engineers and scientist have gained first hand experience in all stages of its design and development.
Ahmed Bilal pointed out that there are several components in Paksat-1R that were completely manufactured by SUPARCO.
This satellite will be fully under operational control of SUPARCO for its entire life of 15 years, he said adding that this will enable his organisations scientists and engineers to gain rich exposure of its operation and maintenance. This experience, he said will be extremely helpful for our future endeavour in space science.
With the launch of communication Satellite, the vision 2040 as approved by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has just been launched, he said adding that the nation will see in future many more such happy events- Inshallah.