Pakistan to launch satellite soon

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By a Staff Writer

Published — Monday 7 May 2001

Last Update 7 May 2001 4:07 am

ISLAMABAD, 7 May — Pakistan will launch its satellite from Bekanor with the help of Russian Space Agency in the next two months, Dr. Majeed Sheikh, chairman SUPARCO,  said. In an interview with BBC, he said the satellite was earlier scheduled to be launched in April. But the launching may be delayed by one or two months due to some faults in the Russian satellite. He said the Russian authorities say that the fault had been removed and we would soon hold a meeting to fix a date for launching the satellite. Dr. Sheikh said the satellite was sent to Russia two years back, adding, “We have tested and integrated the satellite with the Russian satellite Mutual-III-M and their “launch vehicle”. Dr. Sheikh said that Pakistan has started a program to develop satellite vehicle for launching small satellite in the space.

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