space race with india? pak plans manned mission with china's help

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India performed its first test of its emergency crew-escape system on July 5, 2018. Pakistan will not do any of these things, they will just piggyback a ride on a Chinese manned crew module

Pakistan plans to send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China's help. An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has been signed. This comes months after India announced an ambitious mission of sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China's help, its information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on Thursday, the same year as India plans to launch its manned space mission.

Pakistan's first space mission has been planned for 2022 and the federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the plan on Thursday, ahead of his maiden visit to Beijing from November 3.

An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed, Chaudhry said.

ISRO has developed several complex technologies for India's first manned mission, one among the many was the static test conducted of the crew module earlier this year (pic above)

In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious mission of sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022, which would make India the fourth nation in the world to do so.

"We have resolved that by 2022, when India celebrates 75 years of Independence or maybe even before that, certainly some of our young boys and girls will unfurl the Tricolour in space," Modi said from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 72nd Independence Day.

Pakistan and China already have robust defence ties and Islamabad is one of the top buyers of Chinese military hardware.

Earlier this year, Pakistan launched two indigenously built satellites into orbit, using a Chinese launch vehicle.

The satellites were launched onboard a Chinese Long March (LM-2C) rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre located at the Gobi desert, China.

One of the satellites launched was a remote sensing satellite (PRSS1) – a dual-purpose Earth observational and optical satellite.

The second test satellite launched was a PAK-TES-1A, developed by Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission (SUPARCO) to enhance satellite manufacture capabilities in the country which would help end Pakistan's dependency on commercial satellites for information related to weather, environment and agriculture.

The satellites were transported to China as Pakistan lacks the infrastructure to launch objects, the Express Tribune quoted an official as saying.

China launched its first manned space mission in 2003, becoming the third country in the world to independently develop manned spaceflight, after Russia and the United States.

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