WATCH: Pakistan launches second satellite, PAKSAT MM1, into space

PAKSAT MM1 is expected to help meet growing demands of telecom sector and will address increasing demand for high-speed internet

Pakistan, in collaboration with China, launched its second satellite, PAKSAT MM1, into space on Thursday from China’s Xichang Satellite Launch Centre (XSLC).

Pakistan’s advanced communication satellite, PAKSAT MM1, will take nearly four days to reach space and is expected to contribute to the establishment of a sophisticated communication network.

The satellite is expected to help the country meet its growing demands of the telecom sector and its advanced capabilities will address the increasing demand for high-speed internet.

The Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (Suparco) said that PAKSAT MM1 will allow the officials to provide internet to remote areas by helping Pakistan evolve digitally.

The agency, in a statement, had said: "This high-power multi-mission satellite will provide communication services in C, Ku, Ka Bands and SBAS services in L Band."

Based on advanced communication technologies, PAKSAT-MM1 will play a pivotal role in the socio-economic uplift of the country, Suparco said.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif congratulated the nation on the satellite's launch, hoping it would help provide the fastest internet facility throughout the country.

"I am particularly excited about the potential impact of PAKSAT MM1 on internet connectivity across Pakistan," the premier said in a statement.

The prime minister said that PAKSAT MM1 would not only enhance the lives of Pakistani citizens but also contribute to the promotion of economic activities, e-commerce, and e-governance.

Before PAKSAT MM1, Pakistan's historic lunar mission (ICUBE-Q) was launched on May 3 on board China’s Chang’E6 from Hainan, China.

The satellite iCube-Qamar mission marked Pakistan’s first lunar exploration effort which is a significant milestone for the country’s space endeavours.

The thumbnail image is of the rocket that is carrying Pakistan's PAKSAT MM1 satellite at Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in China, on May 30, 2024. — Screengrab/GeoNews