|China to launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June
A nighttime Yaogan remote sensing launch from Taiyuan, which saw a Long March 2C rocket loft the Yaogan-23 satellite into orbit on November 15, 2014. CNS
China is expected to launch a pair of Earth observation satellites for Pakistan in June, with the Long March 2C/SMA launch vehicle having recently passed factory inspections ahead of transport to the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre.
The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), a major carrier rocket maker under the main space contractor CASC,
The rocket will carry two satellites, the high-resolution electro-optical Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite-1 (PRSS-1), developed by the China Academy of Space Technology (CAST), a spacecraft designer and manufacturer subordinate to CASC, and the smaller, experimental PakTES-1A, built by the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO) - Pakistan’s space agency - with assistance from the Space Advisory Company of South Africa.