India irked with Pakistan satellite launch, call it an effort to track India

India irked with Pakistan satellite launch, call it an effort to track India
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In a significant development for Pakistan, twin satellites meant to keep an eye on India were launched into space by its all-time ally China today, NDTV has reported.

Chinese rocket Long March-2C (LM-2C) launched Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite -1 or PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A satellites from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China this morning. While India is way ahead of Pakistan in space technology, today's development opens a door for Pakistan to catch up.

The launch of the satellites marks yet another space cooperation between China and Pakistan since the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite , in August 2011.

Of the two satellites, the PakTES-1A was developed by Pakistan, whereas the PRSS-1 was made by China. The PRSS-1 is China's first optical remote sensing satellite sold to Pakistan. It is the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer.

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Today's launch is the 279th mission of the Long March rocket series. Long March-2C rockets are mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits. [image: jhyq4jkeuii]

The satellites are also expected to play a positive role in the development of Pakistan's economy.

It is also the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket within nearly two decades after it carried Motorola's Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999.

The PRSS-1 satellite will be used for land and resources surveying, monitoring of natural disasters, agriculture research, urban construction and to provide remote sensing information for China's "Belt and Road" mega-project. These satellites will also help Pakistan to keep a track of India. Promoted: In Stores

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The satellites are also expected to play a positive role in the development of Pakistan's economy.

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