A Chi-Pak Space Launch for 2011

Posted: October 20, 2010 in Uncategorized
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From the Associated Press of Pakistan (self-described as Pakistan’s Premier NEWS Agency) and reported from Beijing:

Pakistan is closely collaborating with China for launching a joint space communication satellite next year. It will be a milestone in Pak-China friendship and bring immense economic benefits to Pakistan…

That’s not such a big deal–in fact, the papers for Paksat-1R were inked in October 2008–but what perhaps more is interesting is the large and serious amount of bow-down that follows:

Through its in-orbit delivery services, commercial launch services, and aerospace technology applications, it promotes international cooperation with Asia, Africa, Latin America as well as all the other continents of the world. Its effort will help harness the resources of space and outer space for the common good of humanity,” he said.

The “it’ being referred to is the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC, the state owned maker of many space things and a subordinate unit to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation), described as the Chinese “aerospace industry’s international face.”  The “he”–they guy doing all the bowing–is Pakistani Ambassador Masood Khan who was addressing the CGWIC on its 30th anniversary.  The Paksat-1R project is itself a loan effort–up to 20 years–from the Export-Import Bank of China and is valued at about $225 million.

(Speaking) on the recent flood devastation in Pakistan, he said, the country has passed through one of the most difficult periods in its history. 20 million people were affected or uprooted by the devastation of the unprecedented floods.

“At this difficult hour, the Government and people of China stood by Pakistan. CGWIC is one of those friends who stepped forward to assist us in our relief and recovery effort” ambassador Khan observed.

He expressed deepest appreciation and most profound gratitude of the Government and the people of Pakistan to CGWIC for its financial contribution of RMB 500,000 to Pakistan’s relief effort he said.

This moved Khan to call for China getting the first Pak-man into space:

As China prepares to launch Shenzhou Bahao, and to develop Mars exploration technologies for starting a joint mission with Russia in 2011, Ambassador Masood Khan expressed the aspiration that one day a Pakistani astronaut will travel aboard Shenzhou.

“We always say that Pakistan-China relations are deeper than oceans and higher than mountains. On the day a Pakistani astronaut boards Shenzhou we would say our friendship is as vast as the space itself,” he said.

If anyone ponders why nations want to be space-faring, prestige has to certainly be one of the prime motivators.

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