China successfully launches 2 satellites for ‘all-weather ally’ Pakistan

Last Updated: Jul 09 2018 19:22

On Monday, China successfully launched two remote sensing satellites for its “all-weather” ally Pakistan, which will also help the two countries monitor progress as they build the strategic $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

The launch of the two satellites marks yet another space cooperation between China and Pakistan since the launch of PAKSAT-1R, a communication satellite, in August 2011.

As per State-run Xinhua news agency reports, the satellites -- PRSS-1 and PakTES-1A --- were launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China at 11:56 am using a Long March-2C rocket.

It said that it is the 17th satellite developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST) for an overseas buyer.