Experimental Satellite Badr-B to be launched next year: Tarar

(25-11-1999) ISLAMABAD, Nov 25 (APP): President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar on Nov. 24 announced that indigenously built Second Experimental Satellite Badr-B will be launched early next year. "Pakistan has made its own indigenous satellite to meet its scientific requirements", he made this announcement, while inaugurating International Workshop on Low Cost Space Missions here at the Aerospace Institute of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). BADR-B is scheduled to be launched from Baikonour Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on a Zenit-2 rocket. The satellite will be of 70 kilogram and its lifetime in the space will be two to three years. Presently, the Satellite is undergoing integration tests with the Russian satellite in Moscow. The main mission objectives of BADR-B programme include indigenous development of low cost satellites and creation of necessary infrastructure for future development in this field. The President commended the work of SUPARCO's scientists and engineer in indigenously designing; developing and launching of Pakistan's First Experimental Satellite BADR-I and the completion of Second Satellite BADAR-B. He said like Pakistan, Malaysia and Morocco also have their small satellites ready to be launched alongwith Badr-B early next year. Turkey and Iran have accelerated efforts to develop their own small satellites and Insha Allah within a couple of years they would be in a position to have their satellites in the earth's orbit, he added. The inauguration session was also addressed by Dr. Abdul Majid, Chairman SUPARCO and Dr. Anwar Nasim, Adviser to COMSTECH. The Workshop will continue till December 4, during which experts from the Muslim countries will suggest ways and means to develop low cost space missions.