‘Space technology to be used for economic growth’

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news545sf5fs4LAHORE: Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) Pakistan and the Punjab government will collaborate in the use of space technology applications to accelerate the economic growth process along with exploration of minerals and preparation of forests inventory in the province.

This was disclosed in a meeting held at Civil Secretariat, Lahore under the chairmanship of Additional Chief Secretary Punjab Shamail Ahmad Khawaja here Sunday. Deputy Chairperson SUPARCO Dr Arifa Lodhi informed the meeting that SUPARCO would launch its own Remote Sensing Satellite through which a local search engine “Akas-e-Pakistan” would also be operated. “Akas-e-Pakistan” will replace Goggle Earth and our own institutions will be enabled to utilise the most accurate geological information through enhanced high-resolution satellite imagery free-of-cost. SUPARCO is using PAKSAT-ONE IRA through SPOT Space Station of France which costs millions of dollars per annum, she added.

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