Pakistan’s first multi-functional global navigational system will be demonstrated in coming months of December or January, said the Chairman Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research, Ahmed Bilal in Beijing on Wednesday. 

The Chairman SUPARCO, who was here to attend two international conferences on space sciences, said that an agreement in this regard has already been signed with Chinese side during his current visit, official APP news agency reported.

The Global Navigational Satellite System (Beidu) ground based augmentation system will be first installed in Karachi  region and will have multi functional benefits, he told APP in an interview.

He said that space technology applications act as a catalysts in socio-economic development.  Space Technology Applications are now playing an important role in human life and are  being commonly used with full efficacy by shipping lines, airlines, in the fields of agriculture, medicines, spreading education, survey for dam constructions, road alignments,  and disaster management. 

Pakistan, he said also wanted to get maximum benefits from spaces technology applications  and the present government is attaching great importance to it.  

This Government has already approved the launching of Pakistan’s first Remote Sensing Satellite.This satellite will now be developed and launched into space by early 2017.

To promote Space technology, he pointed out that SUPARCO is working closely with several universities for incorporation of space science and technology application subjects in their curriculum.

He pointed out that there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan and what was needed is to provide them opportunities to groom them to meet  our future needs. He in this regard, pointed out  that  in conjunction with Japan an international competition held inviting ideas on conducting micro gravity experiments;  it was heartening to note that, out of the ten selected experiments three were proposed by Pakistani students.

He further elaborated, that to develop further interest in space technology, soon a  National Student Satellite Program is being launched to enable universities to undertake satellite development and associated R&D to meet future national requirement.

He stated that Chinese  space station is expected to be fully functional in orbit by 2020.If the Chinese open the facility to the foreign astronauts;  we would also be the first contenders to send Pakistani Astronauts in space.

He said that United States, Russia, Japan, South Korea, China and many other countries were carrying out experiments in  micro gravity environment specially in the area of biological and physical sciences.  This is an area of research we must exploit so that the Pakistani Astronaut who goes into space undertakes several experiments designed by our universities, during his space journey.

Sending astronaut is to be planned well in advance to enable their selection, training, mission planning and preparation of experiments, .

SUPARCO undertakes many initiatives, to create awareness among the masses about space sciences and its benefits.  One such initiative is the holding of the World Space Week  from 4 to 10 Oct every year. This year  activities related to this week will be held in ten major cities of Pakistan.