Badr (satellite)

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This article is about the Pakistani satellites. For the Saudi Arabian communications satellites, see Arab Satellite Communications Organization.
Badr
Operator Pakistan SUPARCO
Major contractors SUPARCO
Mission type Experimental Satellites
Earth observation satellite
Launch date 1990-07-16 (Badr-I)
2001-12-10 (Badr-B)
Launch vehicle Long March 2E
Zenit-2
Launch site Xichang Satellite Launch Center
Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 45
Orbital decay 1991-12-31 (Badr-I)
Homepage ARRL site Badr-I
Badr-II
Instruments
Main instruments Charge-coupled device
Store and forward

Badr is a series of satellites operated by Pakistan. The first satellite Badr-1, was launched in July 1990.

It was the first SUPARCO engineered object to orbit the Earth. That launch took place on July 16, 1990 as part of the International Frequency Registration Bureau. The Urdu language word "Badr", literally means "Full Moon", and its launch vehicle was Chinese Long March 2 space rocket Long March 2E.

The Badr series consisted of two satellites. Both were developed by SUPARCO. The Badr-I satellite successfully completed its designated life and all three of the satellites are still in use. The Badr program will be decommissioned in 2012 after the Badr-B completed its successful designated life in an Earth's orbit.[needs update] The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite system will be taking the place of Badr-Satellite program in 2012.


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