China will launch two remote sensing satellites for Pakistan in June, the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALVT) said Tuesday.
It will be the first international commercial launch for a Long March-2C rocket after it carried Motorola’s Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999. The rocket will also carry the China-France Oceanography Satellite into space in September this year, state-run Xinhua news agency reported quoting CALVT.
The satellite will monitor ocean wind and waves. Long March-2C rockets are mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits.
China had launched Pakistan’s communication Satellite PAKSAT-1R in 2011.
In 2016, Pakistan and China had signed an agreement for the launch of a special remote sensing satellite this year to monitor the development of the US$ 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects.