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 A
Mission type Experimental
Operator SUPARCO
COSPAR ID 1990-059A
SATCAT no. 20685
Website ARRL site Badr-A
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer SUPARCO
Start of mission
Launch date 00:40:00, July 16, 1991 (1991-07-16T00:40:00)
Rocket Long March 2E
Launch site Xichang Satellite Launch Center
End of mission
Decay date December 31, 1991 (1991-12-31)
Badr B →
Badr B
Mission type Earth observation satellite
Operator SUPARCO
COSPAR ID 2001-056C
SATCAT no. 26703
Website Badr B
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer SUPARCO
Start of mission
Launch date 17:19:00, December 10, 2001 (2001-12-10T17:19:00)
Rocket Zenit-2
Launch site Baikonur Cosmodrome Site 45
← Badr A

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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