Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite
|Mission type||Oceanography and Meteorology
Earth observation satellite
GIS and GPS
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||End of 2018 (Planned)|
|Perigee||700 kilometres (430 mi)|
|Apogee||700 kilometres (430 mi)|
The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite (PRS), commercially known as Remote Sensing Satellite System (RSSS), is a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite which is scheduled to launch in 2018 for the replacement of Badr-II satellite.
After successful launching and operation of Badr satellite programme which contained the experimental Low Earth Observational satellites in the 1990s and early 2000s, SUPARCO launched the work on the high resolution Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSSS) to meet the national and international user requirements in the field of satellite imagery.
The PRS program is planned to be a progressive and sustainable program with an initial plans to launch an optical satellite with payload of 2.5 metre PAN in 700 km sun-synchronous orbit by the end of year 2014, which will be followed by a series of optical and SAR satellites in future. Necessary infrastructure for ground control and image reception and processing is also planned to be set up. The satellite is under development process and it is being developed by SUPARCO.
In 2012, the first remote sensing satellite project was completed. Suparco set up its own version of Global navigation satellite system (GNS) and immediately acquired the Beidou navigation system of China for this satellite in September 2012. Currently three Satellites are under Design by SUPARCO in collaboration with different universities throughout the country. According to SUPARCO, first satellite of this program is scheduled to launch in 2017, and it is visioned to provide help in exploiting the potentials of space technologies for natural resource surveying and environmental monitoring.
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