|National Points of Contact|
Oct 2013-Oct 2015
Welcome to the national page of SGAC Pakistan. This page will carry details about space-related activities in Pakistan, and carry links to national organizations and volunteer groups that are engaged in such activities. SGAC Pakistan intends to invoke the interest of the general public towards space and space applications by forming connections with national societies and community-wide efforts that are popularizing and appraising people about space and its applications for human development.
The national space agency, Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), has the mandate to conduct research & development activities in space science/technology and related fields in the country. Of the many programs currently going on at SUPARCO, one of the recent achievements is the geostationary satellite Paksat-1R which was launched in 2011, located at geostationary orbit slot 38° E. Paksat-1R is a communications satellite, operated, managed, and controlled by Pakistan. PAKSAT-1R is serving TV broadcasters, cellular operators, internet & data service providers and government organizations across South Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe. The next major project, that of a remote sensing satellite, is currently under development. The first cubesat from Pakistan, “iCUBE-1” has been launched in Nov., 2013.
Young Space Activities Overview in Pakistan
A Model of the Solar System,
Astronomy Night in Islamabad, 2008
Eath and Mars comparison model
In Pakistan, in addition to the opportunities provided by SGAC, many space-related activities are organized by various organizations and institutions. These include government organizations like SUPARCO, academic institutes like IST, and volunteer organizations such as the Khwarizmi Science Society, Karachi Astronomers Society, and Lahore Astronomy Society. Many of these organizations focus their activities at the national level during the World Space Week (WSW). This year again, the WSW was celebrated actively and many space-awareness activities were organized for young people.
Country-Specific Space Events in 2014
The events coming up in 2014 will be updated here:
- World Space Week, Oct., 2014.
- Buraq Space Camp, end-2014.
Interesting Web Links/Resources for the Young Generation in Pakistan
Groups, People, Mailing Lists
Pakistan Amateur Astronomers Society
Khwarizmi Science Society
Karachi Astronomers Society: Mailing List
Lahore Astronomical Society: Mailing List
Pakistan Astronomical Society-Islamabad: Mailing List
Umair Asim’s Observatory
iCube-1, Pakistan’s first Cubesat
Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad
Geospatial Research & Education Lab (GREL), IST, Islamabad
Department of Space Science, University of Punjab, Lahore
Center for Geographic Information System, University of the Punjab, Lahore
Air University, Islamabad
Institute of Space & Planetary Astrophysics, University of Karachi, Karachi
Dept. of Aerospace Engineering, NUST
Institute of Geographical Information Systems (IGIS), NUST, Islamabad
Astronomical Observatory, University of Punjab
KU Observatory, Karachi University
SUPARCO World Space Week 2013 Guidebook
SUPARCO Space Information Booklet 2013
SUPARCO Out of This World 2011
SUPARCO One Small Step – To Guide Children about Space
World Space Week 2011 Report: http://www.suparco.gov.pk/downloadables/WSW 2011 - Pakistan.pdf
Space Information Booklet: http://www.suparco.gov.pk/downloadables/bokklet-eng.pdf