Pakistan’s space agency, Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), is considered to be in discussions with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on developing an agenda for possible space cooperation, based on a senior SUPARCO official quoted in the UAE newspaper.
SUPARCO was in the UAE last week where they were a recognized exhibitor at the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi for the first time. At their stand, SUPARCO provided information with conference participants on their satellite projects.
Pakistan’s concentrate on space has improved over the last few years. It presently has 2 Earth observation satellites in orbit – the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1) and PakTES-1A both introduced from China in 2018 – and the PakSat-MM1 and PakSat-1R communications satellites – with further Earth observation and communication satellite launches predicted in the upcoming years.
Pakistan also offers on giving its first astronaut into space by 2022 with the assistance of China.
“We are in initial talks with the UAE for potential collaboration,” the secretary of SUPARCO, Dr.Arif Ali, said on the sidelines of the Global Space Congress in Abu Dhabi.
“We have initial talks with them and our participation in this year’s congress is to have cooperation with UAE’s space sector, particularly in our strong areas such as satellite manufacturing and related-applications. If you have more satellites in space, then you have more opportunities for having international collaboration. At the same time, you gain something for your country and offer something beneficial for humanity. We believe in the peaceful use of outer space.”