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    Pakistan To Launch Communication Satellite

    I found this article interesting. http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/smile.gif All the best http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/ok.gif
    http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/20...04_99153.shtml

    Pakistan is expected to launch its own communication satellite by December this year. This was declared by Minister for Science and Technology Atta-ur-Rehman while addressing a press conference Thursday in Islamabad.

    Atta said that by launching this satellite, "We will be able tofurther decrease the bandwidth rates as there will be a huge amount of bandwidth capability available in the country."

    The satellite would also be used for transmission of new TV channels, he added.

    He said that the federal cabinet on Wednesday gave approval of acquisition of Hughes Global Systems Satellite (HGS3) as PAKSAT satellite on lease for five years with an initial cost of some 4.5million US dollars.

    Another 4.6 million dollars will be payable for the next five years for operational expenses as long as the satellite remains functional, Atta added.

    Atta said the satellite would be positioned at 38 degree E. This option had been necessitated to preserve Pakistan's slot for satellite expiring on April 19, 2003, he said.

    Pakistan would have lost the slot if the decision to acquire a satellite on lease had not been taken, he said, adding the decision would provide various benefits to the country's communication system.

    Atta said the initial studies of Pakistan's needs to have its own satellite to serve the communication, strategic and other needs were carried out in 1984.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA

    #2
    Bravo American Angel http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/ok.gif

    Another good step of Govt. in order to expand Science & Technology sector of Pakistan.http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/biggthumb.gif

    http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hula.gifALLAH PROTECT PAKISTAN FROM HATE MONGERS. AMEENhttp://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hula.gif

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      #3
      Good news. But why are they not developing it themselves? Many Pakistani scientists are world leaders in science aren't they?

      Developing your own sattelite takes time and money but will ultimately benefit your nation penny for penny as you can groom the expertise in that area. Instead of spending Rs. 1,650,000,000 (@Rs.60/$1) on leasing it, I think Pakistan should try and develop its science and technology base.

      Particlulary when they had told us that they can launch any sattelite in 1 year using Shaheen, I think if they try, they can do it. http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/wink.gif

      [This message has been edited by kumarakn (edited July 04, 2002).]

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        #4
        Kumar

        Check this out
        http://www.dawn.com/2002/03/31/nat1.htm

        KARACHI, March 30: Pakistan's first communication satellite will be positioned in the geo-stationary orbit by the end of this year. This was stated by Federal Minister of Science and Technology Dr Atta-ur-Rehman , while speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC)'s regional office building here on Saturday.

        The building is expected to be completed in one year.

        "We are working hard on this satellite project so that we are able to put in place Pakistan's own satellite by the end of this year," he added.

        Dr Atta said about 300 VSAT dishes were being set up in remote areas of the country, which will provide both telecommunication as well as internet facilities in the far-flung areas.

        He highlighted the achievements of the government in the realm of Information Technology and telecommunication sector.

        The minister praised the efforts of the NTC, a state-owned telecom utility corporation, for providing support to the e-government initiative and for ensuring the launching of communication satellite
        Who's making this satellite?
        http://www.suparco.gov.pk/sat_badr2.htm

        http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hula.gifTAKE YOUR BEST SHOT AT MEhttp://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hula.gif

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          #5
          check my earlier post and the follow up
          http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/Forum4/HTML/004726.html


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            #6
            whats up Desi/American angel devil whatever you are! on top of your post you said"you found this article interesting and then All the Best".What was that?good wish,sympathy or just your style? Hope you reply because i wanna give you a showdown here.

            God Bless Pakistan.

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              #7
              Originally posted by Jahanzaib:
              whats up Desi/American angel devil whatever you are! on top of your post you said"you found this article interesting and then All the Best".What was that?good wish,sympathy or just your style? Hope you reply because i wanna give you a showdown here.

              God Bless Pakistan.
              Desi http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/confused.gif Devil http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/confused.gif

              Showdown http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hehe.gif Go ahead http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/wink.gif

              GOD BLESS AMERICA

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                #8
                If all it's gonna cost is under $10MM to be use a full satellite for 5 years, it is a very very very good deal. Are you sure it is not a partial transponder rental?

                While the commercial benefits are enormous, I doubt if this will be of any use militarily.

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                  #9
                  I did a Google search since the terms of the deal as quoted didn't make sense and found following:
                  http://www.tribuneindia.com/2002/20020707/world.htm

                  quote:
                  "
                  PAK OPTS TO BUY ‘DEFECTIVE’ US SATELLITE
                  ISLAMABAD: American Company Hughes, which has agreed to lease its six-year-old satellite, HGS3, to Pakistan would not provide any guarantees for shifting the satellite to the orbit desired by Pakistan. No performance guarantees were being given by the US company for shifting the “defective” HGS3 satellite to 38 E orbital slot of Pakistan, Chairman of the National Telecommunication Corporation (NTC) Air Vice-Marshal Azhar Maud was quoted by The Dawn. PTI
                  "

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by kumarakn:
                    Good news. But why are they not developing it themselves? Many Pakistani scientists are world leaders in science aren't they?

                    Developing your own sattelite takes time and money but will ultimately benefit your nation penny for penny as you can groom the expertise in that area. Instead of spending Rs. 1,650,000,000 (@Rs.60/$1) on leasing it, I think Pakistan should try and develop its science and technology base.

                    Particlulary when they had told us that they can launch any sattelite in 1 year using Shaheen, I think if they try, they can do it. http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/wink.gif

                    [This message has been edited by kumarakn (edited July 04, 2002).]
                    Pakistan has been working for quite some time in this field, they launched Badr-1 which was lost in the space, after a few days, but still they have kept on working on that. As far as the scientists are concerned, in the world unfortunately only india has world class scientists. http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/rolleyes.gif

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