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Oct 2013-Oct 2015
Mar 2014-Mar 2016
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 high-resolution remote sensing satellite, is currently under development, and is planned to be launched by 2016. The first university cubesat from Pakistan, "iCUBE-1" has been developed and launched in Nov., 2013 by the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad. A Participant developing a small robot at the International Space Apps Challenge Islamabd Event, 2014
Young Space Activities Overview
A Participant developing a small robot at the international Space Apps Challenge Islamabd Event, 2014
App Development at the International Space Apps Challenge Islamabad Event 2015
Eath and Mars comparison model
Participants having a Discussion with a Mentor from Industry at the International Space Apps Challenge Islamabad Event 2015
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). The details of some WSW activities organized by SUPARCO in 2014 can be seen here.This year again, the WSW will be celebrated actively and many space-awareness activities are being planned for participation young people.
The NASA International Space Apps Challenge event has been held in Islamabad, Pakistan now for the second consecutive year. The International Space Apps Challenge is a weekend-hackhaton that is run on the same dates at different locations in the world, where people “across the globe collaborate and engage with publicly available data to design innovative solutions for global challenges.” This year, 133 cities around the globe participated in the event. In 2014, the first-time Islamabad event was held at FAST National University, Islamabad, in which the SGAC NPoC for Pakistan, Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, deliverd a guest lecture at the opening ceremony, and also served as a judge for the event. In 2015, this event has been held at the Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad and was sponsored by the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). One of the marked features of this event was the volunteering by mentors from academia and industry related to space technologies and space applications, which was well appreciated by the participating teams. SGAC NPoC for Pakistan, Dr. Waqas A. Qazi, represented SGAC and took part in the event as a mentor. IST is committed to hosting this event regularly in the future.
Country-Specific Space Events in 2015
The events coming up in 2015 will be updated here:
International Space Apps Challenge, Islamabad Event, April, 2015.
World Space Week, Oct., 2015.
Buraq Space Camp, end-2015.
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
ObservatoriesAstronomical Observatory, University of PunjabKU Observatory, Karachi UniversityAstronomical Observatory, Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad
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