China to Collaborate in Pakistan’s Space Program – Fawad Chaudhry
- With China’s help, Pakistan is planning to send its first person to space in 2022.
- The development of the space mission will directly benefit other sectors as well.
- There will be no difficulty in the space program now because China will collaborate with Pakistan in its space program.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry has outlined the details of the space program.
A few days earlier, the Minister had proudly announced that Pakistan will send its first person to space and this will be the biggest space event of our history.
Now, Fawad dispelled any uncertainty about Pakistan’s ambitious space program, he said:
“Launching even a satellite is costly but there is no difficulty because now, the mission that we are planning is a collaborative one with China.”
While talking about the potential cost of the space program, the minister said:
“Several factors such as development and procurement of the necessary infrastructure and technology will spell out the actual cost of the program.”
Fawad expressed confidence over China’s help and said that a few million dollars will make the program successful.
The space program will be carried out in collaboration with Pakistan Air Force (PAF) and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission.
In the initial phase, PAF will shortlist 50 candidates from its pool of fighter pilots. Afterward, the list will be revised to 25 potential candidates.
Pakistan Air Force would finalize the potential astronauts and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission would finish other projects associated with the 2022 mission.
Pakistan is the second Asian country after Russia to have launched a space program. It launched its space program in 1962 under Dr. Abdus Salam’s guidance.
Sadly, the previous governments didn’t give attention to the space program, the minister said: “Some countries have reached Mars since, but we have lagged.”
The minister further said that the development of the space mission will directly benefit other sectors as well. In early 2018, Pakistan had launched two satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle. The space program was first approved in October 2018.
In October 2018, a Chinese company and Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission had signed an initial agreement. China will select the candidates based on the agreement and candidates will come to China for the training.