International Space Week (World Space Week) on the topic of space science and technology has started across the country under the auspices of Pakistan’s National Space Agency, SPARCO (Pakistan Commission for Aerospace and Space Research).
It should be noted that under the auspices of the United Nations, World Space Week is celebrated from October 4 to 10 every year. In this regard, SPARCO has been working for the awareness of space science and technology across the country, which has also received international acclaim.
Regular SPARCO events began at the National Center for Remote Sensing and Geo-Informatics (NCRG) in Karachi. The special guest of the function was Mr. Amin Bahadur, Member, Space Technology. In his introductory remarks, he said that space science and technology festivals are held in more than 90 countries of the world every year. This year, women’s participation in space science was the theme.
Member Space Technology Mr. Amin Bahadur said that SPARCO has been celebrating World Space Week since 2005. Many capable women are playing a very important role in SPARCO which is a core part of the organization.
He said that in July 2018, Pakistan’s first remote sensing satellite PRSS One was developed and sent into space with the help of Jenny Space Agency. After that, Pakistan’s first technology evaluation satellite Pak TES One A was made which was designed in Pakistan in which national experts have played the most important role. Now, in the next phase, Pakistan’s multi-mission satellite MM-1 should be built, which will increase Pakistan’s expertise in space self-reliance, multi-spectral imaging, and technology.
Referring to the remote sensing and geoinformatics departments, he said that information and data services were being provided to all Pakistani institutions in this regard. These include the C-Pack project and other infrastructure information.
Talking about education and awareness of space science and technology among the people of Pakistan and especially the youth, he said that in the context of Code 19, SPARCO has worked on ‘Space Education and Awareness Drive’ (SEAD) which is one of the SPARCO. There is also a very large project.
Mr. Amin Bahadur said that 1500 schools from Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan have participated in Space Week this year.
Posters of ‘I am an astronaut’ competition were also put up by children between the ages of 8 and 11 at the event. Participants in the Space School and Space Ambassador competition also took part in the event. In addition, special buses have been designed for space science and technology awareness in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad.
The events, which began on October 4, will run through October 10, including the best space schools, space ambassadors, online training, webinars, nighttime astronomical observations, and other virtual events.