Yesterday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said Pakistan` would be sending a first human to space in 2022.
The minister added that it would strengthen the country’s space programme. He added that the country would seek the help of China in this regard.
Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese long March vehicle 2C rocket.
This year in July, the satellites were launched taking the assistance of Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China.
PRSS-1 and PAK-TES-1A
One of the satellites launched was a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – aimed to study geographical details. With the PRSS1, Pakistan has become one of the few countries to have its own remote sensing satellite in the orbit.
The second test satellite launched was a PAK-TES-1A which was developed by Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (Suparco) to encourage and strengthen the satellite manufacture capabilities in the country.
The satellites were transported to China as the country lacks the required infrastructure to launch objects.