In a move to expand Pakistan’s presence in space and to improve its space satellite technology, Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) will get a new global navigation satellite system (GNSS) with the assistance from Pakistan’s strategic partner, China. China has been generous in sharing its satellite technology with Pakistan. The first-ever BeiDou technology application outside of China was recently demonstrated in Pakistan.
China is currently leading the satellite technology as it sent the longest-ever manned space mission and also reached the deepest-ever ocean depth in a manned research vehicle. China has further programmes of collaboration with Pakistan in satellite and space communication technology. The GNSS will be an addition to Pakistan’s present satellite communication technology.
On this theme, a joint two-day event was also held in Karachi organised by SUPARCO and China Satellite Navigation Office. The applications of a global navigation satellite system were highlighted. There is a need to get into satellite technology especially in an age of the internet where most things are now being communicated through this channel. Pakistan’s global navigation satellite system will help it in mapping, surveying, construction and deformation monitoring, transport and aviation management, mining and agriculture sectors, besides in other uses.
In a country like Pakistan which is filled with natural resources, surveying and mapping through GNSS will help grow its industries and economy. The Civil Aviation Authority will also be complying with the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which recommends using GNSS for smooth air transportation.
SUPARCO wants other technology companies as well as academic and research institutions to invest through venture capitalism in Pakistan’s satellite communication programme. The GNSS technology can also help in disaster management and increase public safety. It is also strategically important for the country’s security.