August 12, 2011 / IANS, Islamabad / DC.
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PAK SPACE FORAYS: China launches Pakistan's first communications satellite!
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China launches Pakistan's first communications satellite - Representative image.
China has launched Pakistan's first communications satellite that will provide TV broadcasting, Internet and data services, it was reported here.
The country's first communications satellite PAKSAT-1R, which is a part of Pakistan's Space Programme-2040, was launched Thursday on board China's Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.
The satellite has a design life of 15 years and will provide TV broadcasting, Internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East.
This satellite now enables extending of communication services to all areas of Pakistan.
The National Command Authority had July 14 approved Pakistan's Space Programme-2040.
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